March 21, 1928

CANADIAN NATIONAL RAILWAYS

PRELIMINARY STATEMENT OP ACCOUNTS


Hon. CHARLES A. DUNNING (Minister of Railways and Canals): I move that the preliminary statement of accounts of the Canadian National Railways for the year 1927, laid on the table of the house on Tuesday, March 6, be referred to the select standing committee on railways and shipping. Mr. C. IL. CAHAN (St. Lawrence-St. George): It is usual, on the motion of the Minister of Railways to refer these accounts to the committee, to have a presentation by the minister to the house of the financial affairs of the Canadian National Railways. It is impossible for members of the 'house to have access to the typewritten statement that has been presented, and it seems to me that another occasion should be afforded, after the printed return is brought down and distributed, for hon. members to make themselves thoroughly acquainted with it.


LIB

Charles Avery Dunning (Minister of Railways and Canals)

Liberal

Mr. DUNNING:

The preliminary statement of accounts was prepared in order to facilitate consideration, by a special committee of the house, of Canadian National matters as relating to the past year, and in the meantime every effort is being made by the management to get the completed accounts ready, together with the annual statement which accompanies them. Just as soon as that is in my hands I will be glad to table it in the house. I would call attention to the fact, however, that in former years 'any statement by the>

Minister of Railways has been made not in connection with the tabling of the accounts but in connection with the motion to refer the estimates to the special committee, and in fact there are several occasions upon which the minister might make such a statement as that mentioned by my hon. friend. In the meantime, we are merely enabling the committee to get along with its work. I am assured by the management that in previous

years there has been very little variation in the final audited statement of accounts from the preliminary statement which will be available for the members of the special committee, and I shall make ever effort to supply a complete statement of the accounts to all members of the house as soon as I possibly can.

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Motion agreed to.


TRANSPORTATION OF COAL

LIB

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

Liberal

Hon. CHARLES STEWART (Minister of the Interior) :

Mr. Speaker, I desire to lay

on the table a copy of the order in council passed by the government for the test movement of coal from Alberta to Ontario.

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FERTILIZER ACT AMENDMENT


Hon. W. R. MOTHERWELL (Minister of Agriculture) moved for leave to introduce Bill No. 72, to amend the Fertilizer Act. He said: The chief amendment to this act is a provision for increasing the percentage of active ingredients in the fertilizer used in Canada. Motion agreed to and bill read the first time.


INSPECTION AND GRADING OF HAY AND STRAW


Hon. W. R. MOTHERWELL (Minister of Agriculture) moved for leave to introduce Bill No. 73, respecting the inspection and grading of hay and straw.


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Some hon. MEMBERS:

Explain.

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LIB

William Richard Motherwell (Minister of Agriculture)

Liberal

Mr. MOTHERWELL:

The provisions of

this act were almost entirely incorporated in the old Sale and Inspection Act, which was under the administration of the Department of Trade and Commerce. This act is now being administered by the Department of Agriculture, and the main provisions of the bill have to do with certain changes in the grades of hay, to meet the requirements of each province.

Motion agreed to and bill read the first time.

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QUESTIONS


(Questions answered orally are indicated by an asterisk.) PATROL BOAT "a"


PURCHASE OF NEWSPAPERS

CON

Mr. COWAN:

Conservative (1867-1942)

1. Did any department of the government, between September 30th, 1926, and September, 1927, purchase copies, in quantities, of the newspapers known as The Halifax Chronicle and The Daily Star, of Halifax, Nova Scotia?

2. If so, what was the total number of such papers purchased, by what department, and what disposition was made of such copies so purchased?

3. What is the regular retail price of such papers, and what price was paid for such by the government departments ?

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LIB

Ernest Lapointe (Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada)

Liberal

Mr. LAPOINTE (for Mr. Rinfret):

Department of Marine and Fisheries

1. Yes.

2. (a) 10,000 copies of the special New Year's edition (1927) and 10,000 copies of the special confederation edition (July 1, 1927).

(b) Department of Marine and Fisheries, as each edition featured the fisheries of the Dominion and the activities of the department in connection therewith.

(c) Mailed to fishermen in Nova Scotia.

3. (a) Three cents a copy.

(b) For the New Year's edition seven cents a copy, which covered the cost of wrapping and mailing. For the confederation edition five cents a copy, which also covered the cost of wrapping and mailing.

Department of Immigration and Colonization

1. The Department of Immigration and Colonization purchased copies of the special New Year edition (1927) of the Morning Chronicle and Evening Echo, published at Halifax.

2. Four thousand copies for distribution in the British Isles and the United States.

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3. No information as to the regular retail price of this edition. The department paid 7 cents per copy, this to include individual wrapping and addressing, as well as the postage, the latter alone amounting to 5 cents per copy.

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E4ST END LIGHTHOUSE

CON

Mr. CANTLEY:

Conservative (1867-1942)

1. Who is the keeper of the East End lighthouse, Pictou Island?

2. What is the remuneration paid to such keeper ?

3. On whose recommendation was he appointed?

4. Who is in receipt of the subsidy paid for motor ferry service between Pictou Island and the mainland?

5. What was the amount of subsidy paid by the federal government for that service during the calendar years 1925-26-27?

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March 21, 1928