June 13, 1924

LIB

Thomas Andrew Low (Minister of Trade and Commerce)

Liberal

Mr. LOW:

My hon. friend is aware that

gold and silver goods are required to be stamped, and a similar provision in regard to platinum has been requested by the Jewellers' Association of the Dominion of Canada. Three or four hundred represents^ tives of that association, sitting in assembly I think in the city of Windsor, passed a resolution asking the government to provide the same protection for platinum goods as is afforded to gold and silver. The bill provides that the word "platinum" shall be included after the word "silver", so that it will read, "gold, silver and platinum goods."

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CON

Henry Lumley Drayton

Conservative (1867-1942)

Sir HENRY DRAYTON:

Is it the idea

that there should be any alloy of any kind allowed, or is it to be of one hundred per cent fineness, or what?

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LIB

Thomas Andrew Low (Minister of Trade and Commerce)

Liberal

Mr. LOW:

It is proposed to amend the

act by adding the following section:

The word platinum or any contraction, abbreviation or colourable imitation thereof shall not be applied, either alone or in combination with any other word, to any article of merchandise composed wholly or in part of any metal unless 950/1000ths of component parts of the metal appearing or purporting to be platinum of which said article consists are either the pure metal and element platinum alone or in conjunction with iridium.

Resolution reported, read the second time and concurred in. Mr. Low thereupon moved for leave to introduce Bill No. 176, to amend the Gold and Silver Marking Act, 1913.

Motion agreed to and bill read the first time.

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PUBLIC WORKS


The House in. committee of Supply, Mr. Gordon in the chair. Harbours and rivers-Manitoba-harbours and rivers generally, repairs and improvements, $10,000.


LIB

James Horace King (Minister of Public Works)

Liberal

Hon. J. H. KING (Minister of Public Works):

There has been a reduction in this

vote of $5,000. The amount is required to make provision for repairs and improvements to harbour and river works under the control of the Department of Public Works in the province of Manitoba. It is the regular vote.

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CON
PRO

John Warwick King

Progressive

Mr. KING (Kootenay):

It is to be spent

on the care of the harbour and river works under the control of the Department of Public Works.

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CON
PRO

John Warwick King

Progressive

Mr. KING (Kootenay):

On various rivers.

Last year there were expenditures on the Pas river, the Red river, and Victoria beach.

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Item agreed to. Portage la Prairie-sewer extension, $23,000.


PRO

John Warwick King

Progressive

Mr. KING (Kootenay):

I think I shall

give a review of what led up to this expenditure. The matter was discussed very fully in the House last year. In the year 1908 a petition to the Dominion government from a number of people living in the vicinity of Portage la Prairie suggested that the river would be relieved during the time of the spring freshet by the digging of a cut or canal which would straighten the river at that point. The work was undertaken and carried on, and each year during the flooded time it served a useful purpose until 1921 or 1922. The cut then widened to such an extent that it left the bed of the old channel dry, and in that way exposed the sewer outlet of the city of Portage la Prairie. The city complained very bitterly to the department of this condition, which had arisen, as they claimed, from the activities of the department, and last year we brought in a vote for the work. A good deal of correspondence and negotiation took place with the city in order to bring about a condition that would be satisfactory to the citizens. Finally tenders were

Supply-Harbours and Rivers

called for and three bids were received, the prices varying from $76,300 to $99,219. These tenders were above the estimate prepared by the departmental engineer whose estimate was $60,000 odd. We rather hesitated to let the contract on account of the variation between the estimate of the departmental engineer and the contractors' tenders. However, it was claimed that owing to the nature of the soil in that district it was very difficult to ascertain what would be encountered after getting below the surface Experience had shown the contractors that in this deep trenching there was a probability of caving in and great uncertainty, as to what might happen. However, we let a contract in December of last year for the work. It has been proceeded with, and I believe the sewer is satisfactorily installed. Just at this point I wish to state that the fears of the contractor were somewhat realized, because after he had dug this trench. three feet wide, which was the intended development, he found that he had to put in cribbing. This made it impossible for him to place his eighteen-inch sewer pipe and be able to caulk the joints. The result was that he had to move another foot of dirt on one side of the trench for its entire length. I mention this because the contractor has made a claim upon the department for this extra work. The matter is under consideration, and the district engineer has advised that the department should give the contractor consideration as to the actual cost. The committee will be advised if the matter comes up in the supplementary estimates.

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CON

Henry Lumley Drayton

Conservative (1867-1942)

Sir HENRY DRAYTON:

What was the

amount of the tender that was accepted?

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PRO
PRO
PRO
PRO

Thomas Wakem Caldwell

Progressive

Mr. CALDWELL:

Did the minister not

tell us that the tender exceeded the estimate of the departmental engineer because of the uncertain conditions which the contractor expected to encounter? And is it not fair to suppose that his tender was high enough to cover the conditions which he feared might be met with?

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PRO

John Warwick King

Progressive

Mr. KING (Kootenay):

He claims not.

He figured he would get through with a three-foot trench, but such an amount of cribbing was required that he had to enlarge his trench to four feet. The vote we are asking for is to cover the present contract.

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PRO
PRO

June 13, 1924