February 8, 1927

CON

Henry Herbert Stevens

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. STEVENS:

The printed form shows that there are eight separate resolutions, all

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Item agreed to. Compensation to Crown Paving and Construction Co., on account of excavation work Edmonton gram elevator (governor general's warrant of September 1, 1925), $6,726.56.


CON

Henry Herbert Stevens

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. STEVENS:

Will the minister give us an explanation of this item, too?

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LIB

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

Liberal

Mr. STEWART (Edmonton):

I can explain the item, but it will have to be pretty much from memory. This was a case in which the contract for the excavation of the Edmonton elevator was let at a fixed price, with a provision with respect to weather conditions. It was in the late fall when the work began, and very severe weather set in, but the architect, Mr. Howe, insisted that the contractor gc on with the excavation under very exceptional and severe weather conditions. This is to provide for an allowance that was given the contractor for having performed the service during a period when it cost him a great

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deal more money than if he had been granted the advantages of the weather provision in the contract. As I recollect them, these are the circumstances.

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Hugh Guthrie (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. GUTHRIE:

The only thing is that the minister's explanation hardly harmonizes with the date which is given in the item. A governor general's warrant for $6,726.56 was evidently issued on September 1, 1925.

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LIB

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

Liberal

Mr. STEWART (Edmonton):

I beg my hon. friend's pardon?

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CON

Hugh Guthrie (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. GUTHRIE:

September 1, 1925 is the date of the warrant as given in the estimate now before the committee.

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LIB

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

Liberal

Mr. STEWART (Edmonton):

That was the date on which it was paid, but the work was done in January and February of the winter before.

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CON

Hugh Guthrie (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. GUTHRIE:

A governor general's warrant for the expenditure of money can be issued only when the House is not in session, and only to meet urgent and necessary payments. This work, as I understand it, took place during the preceding winter, some time in January or February. Parliament was then in session, and the matter could have been brought to its attention and the necessary money voted. But the government allowed the session to conclude without, making provision for this money, and then seven or eight days after the dissolution of parliament, folowed by a general election, they resort to the process of a governor general's warrant to make a payment which has stood evidently from the preceding winter, and which could not be either urgent or necessary in view of the circumstance. I think we should offer a reasonable protest to the issue of governor general's warrant under such circumstances.

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CON

Henry Herbert Stevens

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. STEVENS:

I should like the Minister of Finance to convey to the Minister of Trade and Commerce, when he returns, a request that he lay on the table of the House all correspondence in regard to this item, also a copy of the governor general's warrant and of the order in council on which it was based.

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LIB

James Alexander Robb (Minister of Finance and Receiver General)

Liberal

Mr. ROBB:

I will bring the matter to the minister's attention.

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UFA

Edward Joseph Garland

United Farmers of Alberta

Mr. GARLAND (Bow River):

May I point out to the ministers concerned that questions asked when the estimates were last before the House, I think on December 15 last, have not been answered, at least there has been no answer in my own case. I was promised an answer at that time which, however, has not yet been given. I would ask that some recognition be accorded the rights of members and

that answers to questions be given by the minister from whom information has been sought.

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LIB

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

Liberal

Mr. STEWART (Edmonton):

What minister?

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UFA

Edward Joseph Garland

United Farmers of Alberta

Mr. GARLAND (Bow River):

One of the ministers was not present at the time but the matter was to be brought to his attention by one of his colleagues.

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LIB

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

Liberal

Mr. STEWART (Argenteuil):

I will be prepared to give my hon. friend an answer to his question to-morrow. I have not the necessary information with me to-day.

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Item agreed to. Payment of compensation levied against employers by workmen's compensation boards in respect of pensioners who are engaged in industry (governor general's warrant of September 7, 1925), $45,000.


CON

Henry Herbert Stevens

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. STEVENS:

We would like to have an explanation now in regard to this item of $45,000. The occasion for the warrant is not clear and we do not know what it is for.

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James Alexander Robb (Minister of Finance and Receiver General)

Liberal

Mr. ROBB:

I frankly admit to my hon. friend that I have not the information before me. I will furnish the information to-morrow, and bring down any papers we have in connection wilth it.

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LIB

Charles Avery Dunning (Minister of Railways and Canals)

Liberal

Mr. DUNNING:

It is the regular vote.

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CON

Henry Herbert Stevens

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. STEVENS:

If the minister or his colleagues cannot explain it, it is rather difficult to expect us to appreciate why a governor general's warrant was necessary on September 7th, 1925, I think the very day of dissolution that year.

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February 8, 1927