March 3, 1930

REPORTS AND PAPERS


Report covering branch line construction of the Canadian National Railways to December 31, 1929.-Mr. Crerar.


TAXATION OF OIL COMPANIES

LIB

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

Liberal

Hon. CHARLES STEWART (Minister of the Interior):

I desire to make a correction

in an answer I made to the leader of the opposition (Mr. Bennett) on Friday last in connection with the taxation of oil companies. I was in error in that answer. Taxation of oil companies was decided upon in July, 1929. The companies were notified that taxation would begin on the 1st January, 1930, and I am informed by the department that practically all the oil companies have made their initial payments. I was in error in connection with the proposal to impose a royalty on gas. That we had decided to leave inasmuch as the time for the return of the natural resources was so close.

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QUESTIONS


(Questions answered orally are indicated by an asterisk.)


HUDSON BAY NAVIGATION

CON

Mr. CLARK:

Conservative (1867-1942)

1. As a result of reconnaissances and investigations made with regard to navigation in the Hudson bay is it possible to give an estimate of the period during which navigation is open?

2. During what months is navigation ordinarily open in the Hudson bay with access to Fort Churchill and Port Nelson?

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Subtopic:   HUDSON BAY NAVIGATION
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LIB

Thomas Alexander Crerar (Minister of Railways and Canals)

Liberal

Mr. CRERAR:

With respect to the probable length of the navigation season through Hudson bay and strait, no conclusive data is as yet available. During the last three seasons the river at Churchill has opened and closed on the fol-

Questions

lowing dates: 1927: June 20-November 3; 1928: June 19-October 11; 1929: June 20- November 2.

This does not mean that the route would be completely available between those dates, as ice frequently remains off shore for several weeks after the opening of the river. Neither does it mean that the route would not be available to a later date by the use of icebreakers to be provided.

The Hudson strait expedition, of the Department of Marine and Fisheries, reported that vessels passed through the strait inbound on July 19, 1927, and July 21, 1928, and that ice commenced to form at Nottingham island on November 16, 1927, in which year there were 120 dtays, or practically four months, during which commercial vessels could have navigated with safety without the assistance of ice-breakers. The report points out that the observation of two seasons only is scarcely sufficient on which to base any accurate statement in regard to the opening, closing, or length of the season of navigation. The length of season will probably vary considerably from year to year, and what effect on the extension of the season may be exerted by the use of ice-breakers at both Churchill and Nottingham island, where ice first forms in the strait, remains to be demonstrated by actual experience on the opening of the route.

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Subtopic:   HUDSON BAY NAVIGATION
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KIMBERLEY POST OFFICE SITE

CON

Mr. ESLING:

Conservative (1867-1942)

1. Did the government purchase lots in Kimberley for a post office site?

2. If so, how many lots were purchased and what was the price paid?

3. From whom was the purchase made?

4. Were these lots used for the purpose for which they were purchased, and, if not, why?

5. Did the federal government exchange these lots for a site in another location?

6. If so, on what basis was this exchange made?

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Subtopic:   KIMBERLEY POST OFFICE SITE
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LIB

Mr. ELLIOTT: (Minister of Public Works)

Liberal

1. Yes.

2. Three lots, Nos. 5, 6 and 7 of block 7, for $5,500.

3. George R. Leask.

4. No. It was considered advisable to exchange this site for another property.

5. Yes.

6. An even exchange.

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Subtopic:   KIMBERLEY POST OFFICE SITE
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PEACE RIVER-FORT VERMILION TELEGRAPH LINE

UFA

Mr. KENNEDY:

United Farmers of Alberta

1. What is the mileage of telegraph line built in 1929 between Peace River an-d Fort Vermilion?

2. What new telegraph offices have been established?

3. What is the name of the operator in charge of each telegraph office?

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Subtopic:   PEACE RIVER-FORT VERMILION TELEGRAPH LINE
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LIB

Mr. ELLIOTT: (Minister of Public Works)

Liberal

1. Ninety-seven miles.

2. Notikewin.

3. Frederick Ediward Blewden.

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Subtopic:   PEACE RIVER-FORT VERMILION TELEGRAPH LINE
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AIR MAIL STATISTICS

CON

Mr. STEWART (Leeds):

Conservative (1867-1942)

1. What was the weight of mail carried over each air mail route in Canada during the year 1929?

2. What was the total cost of conveying mail over each such air mail route during the year 1929?

3. What was the amount of revenue from each such air mail route during the year 1929?

4. What new air mail routes, if any, are

under consideration?

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Subtopic:   AIR MAIL STATISTICS
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LIB

Peter John Veniot (Postmaster General)

Liberal

Mr. VENIOT:

1- Pounds

Montreal-Toronto 7,724

Montreal-Albany (Southbound) .. .. 20,680 The Pas-Kississing (Superseded by Cranberry Portage and Kississing).. 36,338

Quebec-Seven Islands 30,055

Seven Islands-Anticosti 3,623

Mackenzie River service 12,849

Leamington-Pelee island 24,431

Narrow Lake-Sioux Lookout 83,406

Moncton-Charlottetown 59,712

Moncton-Magdalen islands 7,444

Saint John-Halifax 2,021

Ottawa-Montreal-Saint John 3,161

Montreal-Detroit 18,401

Toronto-Buffalo 27,909

Montreal-Ottawa 2,801

Montreal-Rimouski 68,672

Bissett-Lac du Bonnet 18,926

Special Flights 918

Oskelaneo-Chibougamau 447

Montreal-Saint John via Quebec and Moncton 1,118

2.

Quebec-Seven Islands $ 21,374 10

Seven Islands-Anticosti

1,250 00Moncton-Magdalen island

3,600 00Moncton-Charlottetown

14,625 07Montreal-Toronto

97,420 80Montreal-Detroit

137,071 85Montreal-Albany

71,387 50Montreal-Rimouski

45,050 14Montreal-Ottawa

6,912 50

Montreal-St. John via Quebec

& Moncton $ 14,246 05

Chibougamau-Oskelaneo

102 75Leamington-Pelee island

4,016 50

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Toronto-Buflalo

12,673 00Bissett-Lac du Bonnet

6,063 70Narrow Lake-Sioux Lookout.. .. 17,540 42Kississing-The Pas

4,986 70Mackenzie river services

13,970 26

Special flights-

Hamilton airport.. ..$ 80 00

Moncton air pageant.. 1,600 00

1,680 00

3. As ordinary postage stamps may be used for prepayment of air mail fees it is not practicable to establish a system of accounting which will separate the revenue from air mail fees from the revenue from other classes of mail matter.

4. No new routes have been definitely decided on but tentative plans have been made for a service connecting Montreal and the maritime provinces and for an experimental service Sud'bury to Winnipeg.

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Subtopic:   AIR MAIL STATISTICS
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MONTREAL POST OFFICE SITE

CON

Mr. BELL (St. Antoine):

Conservative (1867-1942)

1. Has the government actually .procured a site for a new general post office in the city of Montreal?

2. If so, what is the location of the premises purchased for such uee?

3. When does the government contemplate the building of such new general post office?

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Subtopic:   MONTREAL POST OFFICE SITE
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March 3, 1930