May 15, 1925

PRO

Thomas Wakem Caldwell

Progressive

Mr. CALDWELL:

What was spent under

the heading of transportation last year?

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LIB

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

Liberal

Mr. STEWART (Argenteuil):

Not very

much.

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PRO

Thomas George McBride

Progressive

Mr. McBRIDE:

Was not that vote passed just before the last election?

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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

remember.

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PRO

Levi William Humphrey

Progressive

Mr. HUMPHREY:

I did not catch the

answer of the minister.

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CON

Arthur Meighen (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. MEIGHEN:

If the hon. member

would bring about a by-election in British Columbia he could hurry it up, and it would appear in the estimates again.

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PRO

Levi William Humphrey

Progressive

Mr. HUMPHREY:

I did not get the

minister's reply to the question asked by the hon. member for New Westminster (Mr. MeQuarrie) in regard to the bonus for the

prospector.

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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 said the

government had not considered the matter. IMany of the richest finds have been made by men who have no knowledge, or at least very "little knowledge, of prospecting. It would be a very difficult thing to select men. I do mot know how you could place any restrictions on it, because there are a great many men who take all sorts of chances, who love the life and make real discoveries, and these men contribute very largely to the wealth of the country. Many of them work all their lives and discover nothing. I think my hon. friend will bear me out in that statement, but some of the best among them are selected by corporations who are interested in the mining business, and they are kept in the field for that purpose. But the government has not given any consideration to grub staking and prospecting.

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PRO

Levi William Humphrey

Progressive

Mr. HUMPHREY:

I would urge on the

minister something along that line. Considering that the old prospector is passing away,

I think something should be done to create an interest for the prospector and making it worth his while to go out and prospect for minerals. Conditions are such to-day, on account of the increased expense, that I believe it is worthy of every consideration this government or any government can give it. Further assistance could be given to these men, either by way of bonus or some other means, to encourage the prospector-and especially the old time prospector-to go into the field. These old timers are amongst the best prospectors we have."

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PRO

Andrew Knox

Progressive

Mr. KNOX:

Did I understand the minister to say that samples sent in for assay purposes were assayed free of charge?

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LIB

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

Liberal

Mr. STEWART (Argenteuil):

Not all of them. A great many of these samples are sent in by our own men in the field, and these are the ones we feel most confident about in the matter of getting results. That is why the prospectors do not send in many samples under the provisions of this vote.

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PRO

Andrew Knox

Progressive

Mr. KNOX:

I asked the question because a short time ago I heard a man complain that he had been charged three or four dollars for the assaying of a sample he had sent in to the department.

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LIB

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

Liberal

Mr. STEWART (Argenteuil):

It did not come under the provisions of this vote.

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CON

Donald Sutherland

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. SUTHERLAND:

The provincial governments do a great deal along these lines, I understand, and samples they deal with would not reach this office at all. Ontario, for instance, has an assay office?

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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:

What are the requirements to come under this vote?

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LIB

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

Liberal

Mr. STEWART (Argenteuil):

The chemical assaying is the only one that is charged for; the milling is done free. Charges are made in all cases except where they come under this provision. When the item was first put in the estimates three years ago it was for the purpose of facilitating the sending of samples from British Columbia. We felt we could postpone for a time the construction of the plant and offer to pay transportation charges on the samples.

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CON

William Garland McQuarrie

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. McQUARRIE:

That will be continued?

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LIB

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

Liberal

Mr. STEWART (Argenteuil):

Oh yes.

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CON

Arthur Meighen (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. MEIGHEN:

The minister says this is for the purpose mainly of assaying samples sent in by officers of the government?

Supply-Mines

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May 15, 1925