May 15, 1925

PRO

Robert Forke

Progressive

Mr. FORKE:

I cannot give any details

in regard to the matter but, as I say, there was a delegation wanting the duties increased.

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CON

William Garland McQuarrie

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. McQUARRIE:

Has the Minister considered the advisability of assisting prospectors by way of bonus or otherwise? I understand that in some parts of the empire this is being done and is proving quite satisfactory; money is advanced to the prospectors to pay for their food and supplies to a limited extent. They must show of course that they understand something about the work and it must be evident that they are doing something to earn their bonus. Has the minister ever thought of adopting such a policy? In a country such as Canada where we have no doubt many undiscovered fields of valuable minerals in all parts of the various provinces, and in sections where the Dominion has control, if some policy of this kind were adopted it might lead to valuable results.

[Mr. McTaggart.l

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LIB

Charles A. Stewart (Minister of Mines; Minister of the Interior; Superintendent-General of Indian Affairs)

Liberal

Mr. STEWART (Argenteuil):

We have

not considered the question of grub-staking prospectors. It would be a little difficult I think inasmuch as there are all sorts of people prospecting, and sometimes the most inexperienced man stumbles on the richest find. It is true that a great many of these men who are expert in their work are grub-staked by the larger companies who control the finds, but the government has not considered entering that field.

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PRO

Daniel Webster Warner

Progressive

Mr. WARNER:

The minister spoke about the geological work that was being done; I do not know just what is being carried out in that direction. Is there any systematic control of the matter? Does the department take the initiative, or is an investigation made upon the report of someone that he has found something?

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LIB

Charles A. Stewart (Minister of Mines; Minister of the Interior; Superintendent-General of Indian Affairs)

Liberal

Mr. STEWART (Argenteuil):

Where there is a reasonable prospect of discoveries parties are ordered into the locality, but usually we act on advice received from some source. It cannot be denied that the prospector is the pioneer; he is the man who makes the discovery.

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PRO

Milton Neil Campbell

Progressive

Mr. CAMPBELL:

Wha't is the approximate amount of the vote charged to the operation of the Dominion Fuel Board, including the costs of the various publications by the board?

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LIB

Charles A. Stewart (Minister of Mines; Minister of the Interior; Superintendent-General of Indian Affairs)

Liberal

Mr. STEWART (Argenteuil):

My hon.

friend will find all these figures in Hansard.

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PRO

Milton Neil Campbell

Progressive

Mr. CAMPBELL:

I find here a rather

voluminous book published by the department with reference to coke. This publication must have been expensive. I find also a report issued by the municipal council of the city of Ottawa dated February 15, 1923, which, so far as I can see, contains all the information that is in this book. This cost the city of Ottawa comparatively nothing whereas the book to which I refer cost the tax-payers a lot of money. It would not appear that the new Fuel board is doing: much to justify its existence.

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Item agreed to. For publications, English and French purchase pf books, laboratory supplies, in-truments, miscellaneous assistance and contingencies $40,000' For transportation charges from outlying provinces on ore shipments which may be sent to the ore dressing plant of the Mines branch at Ottawa for testing purposes, under regulations approved by the Minister of Mines 5 q0Q>


CON

Arthur Meighen (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. MEIGHEN:

What is the $-40,000?

Supply-Mines

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LIB

George Newcombe Gordon (Deputy Speaker and Chair of Committees of the Whole of the House of Commons)

Liberal

The CHAIRMAN:

For publications or

books, laboratory supplies, and so forth.

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PRO

Lincoln Henry Jelliff

Progressive

Mr. JELLIFF:

Is this second item to pay

transportation charges on samples sent in by prospectors?

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LIB

Charles A. Stewart (Minister of Mines; Minister of the Interior; Superintendent-General of Indian Affairs)

Liberal

Mr. STEWART (Argenteuil):

Yes, chiefly from British Columbia on account of the great distance, to avoid the construction of an ore dressing plant there.

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CON

Arthur Meighen (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. MEIGHEN:

What is being done away with when we make the reduction?

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LIB

Charles A. Stewart (Minister of Mines; Minister of the Interior; Superintendent-General of Indian Affairs)

Liberal

Mr. STEWART (Argenteuil):

We are not getting the samples. We do not require the money.

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PRO

Thomas William Bird

Progressive

Mr. BIRD:

Will this apply to prospectors

in Manitoba?

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LIB

Charles A. Stewart (Minister of Mines; Minister of the Interior; Superintendent-General of Indian Affairs)

Liberal

Mr. STEWART (Argenteuil):

All outlying provinces.

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CON

Arthur Meighen (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. MEIGHEN:

How does the minister account for fewer samples coming in?

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LIB

Charles A. Stewart (Minister of Mines; Minister of the Interior; Superintendent-General of Indian Affairs)

Liberal

Mr. STEWART (Argenteuil):

I do not know why they have not come in larger numbers. My hon. friend will remember that we had1 an item in the estimates for a number of years-it was in at alt events! when I first came here-for the construction of an ore dressing plant in British Columbia. I think the amount was $100,000 and it was decided not to go on with the construction of that plant, but to put in an item of $10,000 for the purpose of bringing the ore eastward for examination. They send very small samples, and it does not amount to a great deal. We have not put any restriction on the amount of the samples.

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PRO

Lincoln Henry Jelliff

Progressive

Mr. JELLIFF:

I do not see why people

sending in sample ores for testing should not pay the transportation charges. The department pays the testing charges.

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May 15, 1925