June 26, 1925

LIB

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

Liberal

Mr. STEWART (Argenteuil):

I do not

believe we had any last year.

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CON

Arthur Meighen (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. MEIGHEN:

Will there be any this

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):

Yes, we

were notified there would be in Saskatchewan, *not in Alberta.

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CON

Arthur Meighen (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Air. MEIGHEN:

This plan of handling

it through the banks has proved much better than the other?

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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, very

much better.

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CON

Arthur Meighen (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. MEIGHEN:

I accept the compliment.

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Item agreed to. Amount required to transfer buffalo from Buffalo park, Wainwright, Alta., to the Wood Buffalo park near Fort Smith, N.W.T., $20,000.


CON

Arthur Meighen (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. MEIGHEN:

Why is this being done?

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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 buffalo at Wainwright are increasing so rapidly that we can scarcely keep them inside the fences. We have about eight thousand there to-day. We have killed a great many of the older animals, but we have had difficulty in marketing the meat and even in selling the hides. TVe are taking the yearlings up to a park in the north to see whether we can increase the numbers of the animals by creating a herd in that northern, territory.

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PRO

Thomas Alexander Crerar

Progressive

Mr. CRERAR:

What is the condition of

health of the buffalo in Wainwright park? Are they suffering from disease of any kind?

Mr. STEWART (Argenteuil). In slaughtering the animals we have found some of the older ones showing pretty strong traces of tuberculosis, but not much evidence of that disease has been found in the younger animals. But they are getting so congested that we are fearful of disease breaking out among them.

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PRO
LIB

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

Liberal

Mr. STEWART (Argenteuil):

About 8,000.

fMr. C. A. Stewart.]

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CON

Arthur Meighen (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. MEIGHEN:

What is the reason for

the difficulty in the marketing of the hides?

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LIB

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

Liberal

Mr. STEWART (Argenteuil):

Users of

automobiles do not require a heavy robe of that character, and they are too heavy for coats. We have tried almost everything in the way of manufacturing them with a view to creating a sale for them.

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CON

Arthur Meighen (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. MEIGHEN:

Are they too heavy because of the age of the animal?

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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 is a very thick hide. It can be stripped and reduced in weight, but still, when manufactured it is much heavier than the ordinary fur coats that are sold nowadays on the market. The old days of the sleigh robe are gone.

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IND

John Jabez Thurston

Independent

Mr. THURSTON:

What has been the

revenue from the slaughter of the buffalo, and the cost of that slaughter?

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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 receipts have been about $84,000 as against an expenditure of $76,000. We have in storage hides, heads and pemmican valued at about $161,000.

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Item agreed to.


CON

Arthur Meighen (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. MEIGHEN:

When we passed the

item about the Yukon I really should have asked that it stand as -the hon. member for Aukon (Mr. Black) wanted to say a word. I hope the minister will permit it.

Mr. STEWART (Argenteuil). Certainly.

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June 26, 1925