May 18, 1931

LIB

Peter Heenan

Liberal

Mr. HEENAN:

Would the Prime Minister advise the house if the report is correct that the Dominion of Canada will answer the note from Washington to the effect that there is no need to start the development of this waterway before one year.

Topic:   ST. LAWRENCE WATERWAY
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CON

Richard Bedford Bennett (Prime Minister; Minister of Finance and Receiver General; President of the Privy Council; Secretary of State for External Affairs)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Right Hon. R. B. BENNETT (Prime Minister) :

Mr. Speaker, I have no knowledge

of the communication to which the hon. member refers, nor as to who inspired it; it is without authenticity so far as the government is concerned.

Topic:   ST. LAWRENCE WATERWAY
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QUESTIONS


(Questions answered orally are indicated by an asterisk.)


BEAUHARNOIS LIGHT, HEAT AND POWER COMANY, LIMITED

UFA

Mr. GARDINER:

United Farmers of Alberta

1. Has the right hon. the Prime Minister, received the departmental report of the investigation regarding Beauharnois which he mentioned at the special session as having been undertaken by him?

2. If such a report has been received, will he table it?

3. Have plans for remedial works of the Beauharnois development been filed and approved by the government?

4. Are the plans under which the Beauharnois development is now being proceeded with the same plans which were approved by order in council, P.C. 422, dated May 8, 1929?

5. If the present plans are not the same as above approved, have they been approved, and if so, how and when?

6. If any change has been made in these plans, what are the changes and why were such changes made?

7. Has the program of construction provided for in condition No. 12 of the order in council No. P.C. 422 of March 8, 1929, been submitted and approved by the minister?

8. If so submitted and approved, will the government table a copy?

9. If not submitted and approved, when will the government require its submission?

10. Have the engineer or engineers referred to in condition No. 14 of the said order in council been appointed by the government, if so. when and what are their names, what are their duties in respect to: (a) the canal; (b) works to be constructed in the St. Lawrence river ?

11. Why were fixed spans permitted as set out in condition No. 10 of said order in council if the canal is to be used for navigation purposes?

12. (a) Has the province of Quebec executed and the Dominion government accepted the agreement referred to in condition No. 24; (b) if this agreement has been executed and accepted, will the government table a copy?

13. (a) Have the plan and detailed construction provided for in condition No. 11 of said order in council been submitted and approved of by the minister; (b) if so approved, will the government table a copy?

14. Will the government procure from the Beauharnois Power Corporation Limited (a Dominion company) and table the list of shareholders of said corporation?

Topic:   QUESTIONS
Subtopic:   BEAUHARNOIS LIGHT, HEAT AND POWER COMANY, LIMITED
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CON

Richard Bedford Bennett (Prime Minister; Minister of Finance and Receiver General; President of the Privy Council; Secretary of State for External Affairs)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. BENNETT:

Mr. Speaker, I would

ask that questions numbers 1 and 2 be allowed to stand as the engineers of the department are having some difficulty in understanding them. An endeavour will be made to work out a satisfactory answer.

Questions stand.

Topic:   QUESTIONS
Subtopic:   BEAUHARNOIS LIGHT, HEAT AND POWER COMANY, LIMITED
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CANADIAN NATIONAL RAILWAYS-EMPLOYEES, GASPE RAILWAY

LIB

Mr. MARCIL:

Liberal

1. What are the names of the eight employees of the Canadian National Railways main line who have been appointed to positions on the Gaspe railway, at what stations are they located and what is their salary?

2. Are any of former employees still in the employ of the Canadian National Railways, who are they, what position do they fill and what is their salary?

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Questions

Topic:   QUESTIONS
Subtopic:   CANADIAN NATIONAL RAILWAYS-EMPLOYEES, GASPE RAILWAY
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CON

Mr. MANION: (Minister of Railways and Canals)

Conservative (1867-1942)

1. Stanislas Lemieux, Nouvelle Station, 14.70 per day; J. M. Trottier, Perce, $127 per month; P. Columbe, Bonaventure, $127 per month; 'F. McDonald, Matapedia, 72 cents per hour; N. Methot, Gaspe, 72 cents per hour; P. Allen, New Carlisle, $190 per month; W. Ward, New Carlisle, 46 cents per hour; P. Mercier, New Carlisle, 55 cens per hour.

2. No; for the following reasons: Stanislas Lemieux replaced a deceased section foreman.

J. M. Trottier replaced an agent dismissed for irregularities. P. Columbe replaced an agent dismissed for irregularities. F. McDonald replaced a car cleaner laid off account inability to perform work of joint carman and car cleaner, and not qualified for other employment. N. Methot replaced a pensioned carman. P. Allen replaced a carman laid off account being unable to perform work. W. Ward displaced a junior fuel man, New Carlisle. Ward has since been laid off himself account reduction in staff. Former employee still holds seniority on that superintendent's division. P. Mercier is filling new position of stores issuer and did not displace any former Gaspe lines employee.

NET DEBT OF CANADA*

Topic:   QUESTIONS
Subtopic:   CANADIAN NATIONAL RAILWAYS-EMPLOYEES, GASPE RAILWAY
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LIB

Mr. ROBERGE:

Liberal

1. What was the net debt of Canada at the end of the financial year 1921?

2. What was the net debt of Canada at the end of the financial year 1930?

3. What was the net debt of Canada at the end of the financial year 1931?

Topic:   QUESTIONS
Subtopic:   CANADIAN NATIONAL RAILWAYS-EMPLOYEES, GASPE RAILWAY
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CON

Richard Bedford Bennett (Prime Minister; Minister of Finance and Receiver General; President of the Privy Council; Secretary of State for External Affairs)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. BENNETT:

Mr. Speaker, answers to questions such as this should be a reference to the public accounts. I think that would be the proper way of answering and would not be discourteous to hon. members of the house.

Topic:   QUESTIONS
Subtopic:   CANADIAN NATIONAL RAILWAYS-EMPLOYEES, GASPE RAILWAY
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CON

Pierre Édouard Blondin (Speaker of the Senate)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. SPEAKER:

The answer is that the hon. member should refer to the public accounts.

Topic:   QUESTIONS
Subtopic:   CANADIAN NATIONAL RAILWAYS-EMPLOYEES, GASPE RAILWAY
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LIB

William Lyon Mackenzie King (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Liberal

Mr. MACKENZIE KING:

That is not the politest way of answering.

Topic:   QUESTIONS
Subtopic:   CANADIAN NATIONAL RAILWAYS-EMPLOYEES, GASPE RAILWAY
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CON

Richard Bedford Bennett (Prime Minister; Minister of Finance and Receiver General; President of the Privy Council; Secretary of State for External Affairs)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. BENNETT:

Why not?

Topic:   QUESTIONS
Subtopic:   CANADIAN NATIONAL RAILWAYS-EMPLOYEES, GASPE RAILWAY
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HON. RODOLPHE LEMIEUX

CON

Mr. LAFLECHE:

Conservative (1867-1942)

1. How long did the Hon. Rodolphe Lemieux act as Speaker of the House of Commons?

2. What was the total sum of money received by him during his term of office, (a) as member of the House of Commons; (b) Speaker; (c) all other contingent expenses, allowances, servants' salaries, cost and maintenance of automobiles, chauffeur's salary, telephone and telegraph charges, printing, etc?

Topic:   QUESTIONS
Subtopic:   HON. RODOLPHE LEMIEUX
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CON

Mr. BENNETT: (Prime Minister; Minister of Finance and Receiver General; President of the Privy Council; Secretary of State for External Affairs)

Conservative (1867-1942)

1. The Hon. R. Lemieux acted as Speaker of the House of Commons for 8i years. Noon March 8, 1922, to Noon September 8, 1930.

2. (a) Indemnity $ 36,000 00(b) Speaker's salary.. .. 51,004 044c) Contingent expenses. 5,510 56Allowance in lieu of residence 25,402 02Servants' salaries. .. 33,430 18Cost of maintenance of automobiles.. .. 6,407 79Chauffeur's salary. .. 15,242 (10Telephone and tele- graph charges.. .. 3,714 48Printing, etc nil Total $176,711 07

Topic:   QUESTIONS
Subtopic:   HON. RODOLPHE LEMIEUX
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HON. SENATOR DANDURAND

CON

Joseph-François Laflèche

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. LAFLECHE:

What is the total sum of money received from all government sources by the hon. Senator Dandurand from the year 1921 to March 31, 1931?

Topic:   QUESTIONS
Subtopic:   HON. SENATOR DANDURAND
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May 18, 1931