February 8, 1927

QUESTIONS


(Questions answered orally are indicated by an asterisk).


RURAL POSTMASTERS-LOSS OF REVENUE

IND

Mr. NEILL:

Independent

1. Has the government obtained any data showing the loss of revenue at rural post offices due to tile reduction of postage on letters from three cents to two cents, and if so, will suc-h data be laid on the table of the House?

2. Will the government give favourable consideration to an increase of the percentage allowance to rural postmasters to replace the loss of revenue to them caused by the reduction in postal rates, and will consideration be given to the fact that the commission to rural postmasters has not been increased to meet the higher cost of living since 1914?

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Subtopic:   RURAL POSTMASTERS-LOSS OF REVENUE
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LIB

Hon. Mr. VENIOT: (Postmaster General)

Liberal

1. Yes, but incomplete until close of complete year from 1st July, 1926.

2. The matter is receiving consideration from both points of view.

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Subtopic:   RURAL POSTMASTERS-LOSS OF REVENUE
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SPRAY LAKES WATER POWER


Hon, Mr. STEVENS: 1. What steps, if any, have been taken by the government to deal with the Spray lakes power site in the Banff national park since the subject was last discussed in parliament? 2. Before any such rights are granted within any national park, will the minister submit the whole subject to parliament for discussion and consideration? 3. Has an editorial published in the Winnipeg Free Press of November 24, 1926, and entitled "A Projected Raid on the national Parks'' been brought to the attention of the government? If not, will the responsible minister of the government condescend to give consideration to the sentiments contained in the said editorial before he alienates any rights or powers within any national park? 4. Will the government introduce at this session legislation defining and limiting the power of government by order in council to alienate any rights or extend any privileges within national parks?


LIB

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

Liberal

Hon. Mr. STEWART:

The government

has been giving serious consideration to the many and varied representations made concerning the application to develop water power storage at Spray lakes in Rocky Mountains Park, and will introduce at the present session an amendment to the Dominion Forest Reserves and Parks Act, which will enable discussion of the Spray lakes application in the House of Commons. In the meantime no decision will be made on the application.

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Subtopic:   SPRAY LAKES WATER POWER
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WEST INDIES TRADE AGREEMENT-STEAMSHIP SERVICES

CON

Mr. CAHAN:

Conservative (1867-1942)

1. What has been done towards the fulfilment of the terms of the West India agreement with respect to the West India steamship services?

2. What is the present position of the eastern and western services respectively?

3. Is the regular eastern service with Barbados, Trinidad, Demerara and the smaller islands of the eastern group now being maintained, and to what extent?

4. What difficulties, if any, prevent an immediate acceptance of tenders for carrying out the proposed improved steamship service with the eastern group?

5. Is it the intention of the government forthwith to invite new tenders for carrying out the steamship service with the western group on terms which will comply with the stipulations of the West India agreement, or otherwise ?

6. Is it the intention of the government to procure modifications of the stipulations of the West India agreement regarding passenger

Questions

service, speed of steamships, or otherwise, for carrying out the proposed new steamship service with the western group?

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Subtopic:   WEST INDIES TRADE AGREEMENT-STEAMSHIP SERVICES
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LIB

Hon. Mr. ROBB: (Minister of Finance and Receiver General)

Liberal

1. The Canadian government 'has decided to entrust the fulfilment of that part of the agreement, providing for steamship services, to the Canadian National Railways management. The services on both eastern and western routes will be put into operation as nearly as possible within the time stipulated in the trade agreement.

2. On the eastern route the Royal Mail Steam Packet Company are maintaining a monthly service with the steamers "Chaleur" and "Chigneoto", calling at all the ports formerly called at by the subsidized service and in addition calling at the island of Nevis, both north and south bound, for which they are receiving the same subsidy as before, namely, $13,102.56 per round trip. This service will be continued until the end of the fiscal year, the last trip being made from Halifax on March 25;, 1927, arriving back at St. John on May 3rd.

After the end of the present fiscal year, the temporary monthly passenger and freight service will be continued by the Canadian National Railways and will be supplemented by monthly freight sailings from Canadian Atlantic ports, thus providing fortnightly services from those ports to all islands and colonies of the eastern group. Freight sailings from St. Lawrence river ;ports during the season of navigation will be continued as heretofore.

On the western' route the Canadian Government Merchant Marine are maintaining their usual service every three weeks, with the steamers "Canadian Fisher" and "Canadian Forester", 'calling at Bermuda, the Bahamas, Jamaica and British Honduras, and this service will be continued until the new service can be put into operation.

3. Answered by No. 2.

4. Answered by No. 1.

5. Answered by No. 1.

6. No.

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Subtopic:   WEST INDIES TRADE AGREEMENT-STEAMSHIP SERVICES
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QUESTION PASSED AS ORDER FOR RETURN

LIB

Mr. DENIS (St. Denis):

Liberal

1. For how many years did the Hon. C. J. Doherty occupy the office of judge, and what amount was paid to him during that time?

2. Why was he placed on the pension list, and what amount has been paid to him since he was placed on said pension list?

3. What amount was paid to him as attorney in the Labrador case, of which judgment is still pending before the Privy Council?

4. What were his expenses for professional services, travelling and otherwise, in said case?

5. Are there any claims that have not been settled in connection with said case, and what do they amount to?

6. What amount was paid to him during and after the war for professional services, and travelling expenses in connection with his representation in the negotiations of the Versailles treaty?

7. What amount was paid to him as representative, and for travelling expenses at the League of Nations, at Geneva?

8. What is the total amount which was paid by the government to the Hon. C. J. Doherty, while serving the state, either as member, judge or otherwise?

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Subtopic:   QUESTION PASSED AS ORDER FOR RETURN
Sub-subtopic:   HON. C. J. DOHERTY
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UNOPPOSED MOTIONS FOR PAPERS

LIB

Mr. CHEVRIER:

Liberal

1. The number of contributors to superannuation fund No. 1 as of date 1st December, 1926.

2. The number of contributors to superannuation fund No. 2 as of date 1st December, 1926.

3. The number of contributors to superannuation fund No. 5 as of date 1st December, 1926.

4. The number of contributors to the retirement fund as of date 1st December, 1926.

5. The number of former contributors to

superannuation fund No. 1 who are now contributing to fund No. 5.

6. The number of former contributors to

superannuation fund No. 2 who are now contributing to fund No. 5.

7. The number of former contributors to retirement fund who are now contributing to fund No. 5.

8. The amount standing to the credit of superannuation fund No. 2 as of date 1st December, 1926.

9. The amount standing to the credit of superannuation fund No. 5 as of date 1st December, 1926.

10. The amount standing to the credit of the retirement fund as of date 1st December, 1926.

11. The amount voted by parliament as contribution to fund No. 2 for fiscal year ending 31st March, 1926.

12. The amount voted by parliament as contribution to superannuation fund No. 2 for fiscal year ending 31st March, 1927.

13. The amount voted by parliament as contribution to superannuation fund No. 5 since that fund was established.

14. The total disbursements on account of

gratuities from superannuation fund No. 5 for the year ending 31st March, 1926.

15. The total disbursements on account of

gratuities from superannuation fund No. 5 for period from 31st March, 1926, to 1st December, 1926.

16. The total disbursements on account of

annuities from superannuation fund No. 5 for the year ending 31st March, 1926.

17. The total disbursements on account of

annuities from superannuation fund No. 5 for the period from the 31st March, 1926, to 1st December, 1926.

Post Office Act.

18. The total disbursements on account of superannuation fund No. 1 for the year ending 31st March, 1926.

19. The total disbursements from superannuation fund No. 2 for the year ending 31st March, 1926.

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Subtopic:   UNOPPOSED MOTIONS FOR PAPERS
Sub-subtopic:   SUPERANNUATION AND RETIREMENT FUND
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WATER POWER LICENSES

CON

Mr. GEARY:

Conservative (1867-1942)

1. All water-power licenses now in force and issued by the Department of Railways and Canals, the statement to show in each case location of site, the amount of power leased and the rental both at present and at time of issue; also the date of each original lease and to whom the same was issued; transfers of same and the name of the present holder.

2. All water-power licenses issued by the Department of Railways and Canals which have been cancelled or otherwise lost effect.

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Subtopic:   WATER POWER LICENSES
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CON

Hugh Guthrie (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. GUTHRIE:

Perhaps I am at fault,

Mr. Speaker, but I intimated to one or two hon. members on this side of the House that notices of motion would not be taken up tonight, and they have now left the chamber. Since we have finished with the estimates, I would suggest that we adjourn.

On motion of Mr. Mackenzie King the House adjourned at 10.28 p.m.

Wednesday, February 9, 1927

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Subtopic:   WATER POWER LICENSES
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February 8, 1927