May 15, 1925

LIB

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

Liberal

Mr. STEWART (Argenteuil):

It was

simply to help the prospector.

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Arthur Meighen (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. MEIGHEN:

It was an endeavour also to be fair to all parts of the country. If you keep your ore dressing plant here it is a good thing for Ontario, but not very good for British Columbia.

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Levi William Humphrey

Progressive

Mr. HUMPHREY:

Has the department

received any notice of opposition to the construction of the ore dressing plant in British Columbia?

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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 believe

we have a resolution somewhere.

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PRO

Levi William Humphrey

Progressive

Mr. HUMPHREY:

In opposition to this

plant?

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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.

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PRO

Levi William Humphrey

Progressive

Mr. HUMPHREY:

If the prospectors of

British Columbia are not taking advantage of this offer it cannot be a very useful proposition. I would suggest that there be some investigation or looking into the question of why the prospectors are not taking advantage of this offer of free transportation for samples of ore. I refer to the construction of the ore dressing or ore testing plant.

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LIB

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

Liberal

Mr. STEWART (Argenteuil):

They had a meeting of the Miners' Association in British Columbia, and I have a letter from W. H. Burgess dated October 30, 1923, which reads as follows:

At a general meeting of this association no members concurred with the proposal. It was explained that this proposed plant is considered among prospectors to be for the customs purchasing of complex ores, the following communication being received and read:

"We the British Columbia Prospectors' Association unanimously protest against any moneys being spent for the purpose of erecting a testing plant in the province of British Columbia for the present considering it is a total waste of money."

I do not agree with that, but that is the resolution.

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PRO

Robert Forke

Progressive

Mr. FORKE:

What sort of regulations

are attached to that?

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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

think there are any.

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PRO

Robert Forke

Progressive

Mr. FORKE:

I thought the minister

mentioned something about them.

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LIB

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

Liberal

Mr. STEWART (Argenteuil):

This document goes on to speak of the present high taxation and necessity for economy. They say this plant should not be considered unless^ it can be shown to be a real help to the mining industry. I think there is a mistake there, because no doubt if the plant were established it would be a real help.

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CON

William Garland McQuarrie

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. McQUARRIE:

When was provision made for this plant?

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

Liberal

Mr. STEWART (Argenteuil):

There was

$100,000 in the estimates for a couple of years.

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William Garland McQuarrie

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. McQUARRIE:

When was that?

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

Liberal

Mr. STEWART (Argenteuil):

Four years

ago it first appeared, I think.

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William Garland McQuarrie

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. McQUARRIE:

Under the previous

government?

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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.

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CON

William Garland McQuarrie

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. McQUARRIE:

I remember there was

a good deal of agitation about it from British Columbia at that time. I think I had something to do with it. It seemed to be a very desirable thing to have an ore testing plant

Supply-Mines

in British Columbia, instead of requiring the people to send their ore to Ottawa. The time occupied in sending the ore by freight was quite an item, and the delay was very considerable. As I remember it there was a very strong desire on the part of the people of British Columbia and those interested in mining that this plant should be erected. Now this government apparently 'has abandoned that. .

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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 would not say absolutely abandoned it, but we have delayed the construction of it and substituted this provision in the meantime.

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May 15, 1925