May 6, 1925

PRINTING OF PARLIAMENT


Mr. DECHENE for Hon. Mr. MARCIL (Bonaventure), presented the second report of the Joint Committee on the Printing of Parliament.


QUESTIONS


(Questions answered orally are indicated by an asterisk.)


CANADIAN NATIONAL RAILWAYS- MR. JOHN R. FISHER

CON

Mr. JONES:

Conservative (1867-1942)

1. Is John R. Fisher, of Truro, Nova Scotia (retired conductor of the Canadian National Railways), now in the service of the railways?

2. If so, what position does he hold?

3. What are his duties?

4. When was he appointed?

5. What is his salary?

6. Was the position now held by Mr. Fisher created when he was appointed to it?

7. If not, how long has the position been in existence, and who was his immediate predecessor in the position?

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LIB

Hon. Mr. GRAHAM: (Minister of Railways and Canals)

Liberal

1. Yes; is in the service, but was not retired.

2. Inspector of trains and stations-Atlantic region.

3. To see that passenger cars in service and station buildings are kept in proper condition.

4. January 18, 1924.

5. The management does not consider it in the public interest to disclose information of this character.

6. Yes.

7. See answer to No. 6.

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CIVIL SERVICE RECLASSIFICATION

CON

Mr. CHURCH:

Conservative (1867-1942)

1. When will some decision be given by the government or the Civil Service Commission regarding the bonus or reclassification of civil servants?

2. Will such readjustment be made before next pay day, May 15th?

3. Has such bonus been cut off from those of the lower grades awaiting the reclassification of salaries?

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LIB

William Lyon Mackenzie King (Prime Minister; President of the Privy Council; Secretary of State for External Affairs)

Liberal

Right Hon. Mr. MACKENZIE KING:

I

might answer this verbally. The government has approved the joint report of the Civil Service Commission and deputy ministers with respect to the reclassification of civil servants, and I assume that the commission will make public, possibly to-morrow, the terms of the reclassification.

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CANADIAN NATIONAL RAILWAYS-PRIVATE CARS

CON

Mr. WILSON:

Conservative (1867-1942)

1. How many private cars are in the possession of the Canadian National Railways for the use of officials?

2. How many of these have been secured in the past two and a half years?

3. How many were used to carry officers of the compare to Portland on the occasion of the departure of Mr. C. J. Smith for England?

4. Who were the officers who used these cars for this purpose ?

5. How many cars were on this same occasion sent around to Halifax, and for what purpose were they so sent?

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LIB

George Perry Graham (Minister of Railways and Canals)

Liberal

Hon. Mr. GRAHAM:

The hon. gentleman (Mr. Wilson) is now in his place. I have referred to this question on two or three occasions. I would be glad to give my hon. friend the answer to the first two questions, but I think, on mature consideration, he will see the inadvisability of opening the door to the other two questions. If we do, dear knows to what point they may lead. If these questions are answered, some person may rise and ask who were in somebody's car and how much they ate.

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CON

Gordon Crooks Wilson

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. WILSON:

The reason why I asked

this question and why I think an answer should be given, is because I think it is in the public interest. If there has been an extravagant use of private cars, those who are supporters of public ownership as I have been, have a right to ask these questions.

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LIB

George Perry Graham (Minister of Railways and Canals)

Liberal

Mr. GRAHAM:

I would not say that my hon. friend is not a supporter of public ownership, but I assure him he is making a mistake if he presses for answers to the last questions. I am ready to give him answers to the first two, and have been since the second or third day after they were asked. These answers are:

1. 64.

2. During the period mentioned one car has been added and six retired.

I think the hon. member, on reflection, will realize, not that there is any difficulty in answering the last questions, but that if we do, we open the door to a series of question?

Questions

that will become detrimental to the interest of the railway and be of no interest to the public.

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CON

Gordon Crooks Wilson

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. WILSON:

All I can say is that I think it is in the public interest that these questions should be answered.

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LIB

Hewitt Bostock (Speaker of the Senate)

Liberal

Mr. SPEAKER:

Stand.

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LIB

George Perry Graham (Minister of Railways and Canals)

Liberal

Mr. GRAHAM:

No, Mr. Speaker. This question has been asked to stand for a week on account of the absence of my hon. friend. I have answered the first two questions and I am prepared to give my hon. friend, personally, answers to the others. He has been misinformed in every detail as to the answers to the others. I will go that far. I do not think he wants to do anything that would be detrimental to public ownership of railways.

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CON

Gordon Crooks Wilson

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. WILSON:

If the answers are put on Hansard, I can say whether I have been misinformed or not.

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CANADIAN NATIONAL EXPRESS COMPANY- TROIS-PISTOLES

May 6, 1925