May 20, 1931

ORLEANS ISLAND-BEAUPRE BRIDGE


The Clerk of the house laid upon the table the fifteenth report of the clerk of petitions, stating that he had examined the following petition presented on the 10th instant, and finds that the time for receiving petitions for private bills under standing order 92 having expired, it should not be received: Of the government of the province of Quebec: praying for the passing of an act to authorize it to construct a bridge across the St. Lawrence river between the island of Orleans and the coast of Beaupre, in the province of Quebec. Mr. Dorion. M. C. N. DORION (Quebec-Mont-morency) propose: Mr. C.-N. Dorion (Quebec-Montmorency) (Translation): That the petition of the government of the province of Quebec praying for the passing of an act to authorize it to construct a bridge across the St. Lawrence river between the Island of Orleans and the shore of Beauprd as well as the report of the clerk of petitions be referred to the select committee on standing orders and that standing order No. 92 in relation thereto, be suspended. Motion agreed to.


RAILWAY COMMITTEE


Third report of the select standing committee on railways, canals 'and telegraph lines.- Mr. Harris.


PRIVATE BILLS

ALGOMA CENTRAL AND HUDSON BAT RAILWAY COMPANY


Mr. T. E. SIMPSON (West Algoma) moved the first reading of Bill No. 48 (from the Senate), respecting the Algoma Central and Hudson Bay Railway Company.


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Some hon. MEMBERS:

Explain.

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CON

Thomas Edward Simpson (Chief Government Whip)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. SIMPSON (Algoma):

The purpose of this bill is to confirm an arrangement between the Algoma Central and Hudson Bay Railway Company, the Algoma Central Terminals,

Limited, the holders of the first mortgage bonds of both of these companies, and the Lake Superior Corporation which guaranteed payment of the bonds. A previous arrangement between the same parties was confirmed by the Dominion parliament in 1916, and the present scheme requires similar approval in order to make it operative.

Motion agreed to and bill read the first time.

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QUESTIONS


(Questions answered orally are indicated by an asterisk).


*BEAUHARNOIS POWER CORPORATION

UFA

Mr. GARDINER:

United Farmers of Alberta

1. Has the right hon. the Prime Minister, received the departmental report of the investigation regarding Beauharnods 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?

Questions

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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:

Perhaps in view of the reference that is to be made in regard to this matter, these two questions may be dropped, for the papers such as are available and producible will be available before the select committee.

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Pierre Édouard Blondin (Speaker of the Senate)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. SPEAKER:

In the absence of the hon. member in whose name the questions are put, perhaps we had better allow them to stand.

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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:

Yes. I did not notice the hon. member was absent.

Questions stand.

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CERTIFICATES OF NATURALIZATION

LIB

Mr. RINFRET:

Liberal

1. Has the government appointed a commissioner to hear appeals from revocations of certificates of naturalization by the Department of the Secretary of State?

2. If so, what is the name of the appointee and his qualifications?

3. What emoluments will be paid to the new commissioner?

4. How many cases are pending?

5. Has he heard any yet, and if so, how many ?

Mr. CAHAiN:

1. A commissioner to hear appeals from revocations of certificates of naturalization has not been appointed; the revocation of naturalization certificates is made by the governor in council. A commissioner has been appointed to investigate revocations of naturalization certificates which have been referred to him by the Secretary of State and, on his report, the Secretary of State will take action.

2. James Gamble Wallace, judge of the county court of the county of Oxford, province of Ontario.

3. The commissioner will be paid his actual living, transportation and secretarial expenses while acting as commissioner.

4. 224.

5. One hundred and sixty-seven eases have already been heard.

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HON. E. N. RHODES

LIB

Mr. POULIOT:

Liberal

1. How long did Hon. E. N. Rhodes 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: (e) all other contingent expenses, allowances, servants' salaries, cost and maintenance of automobiles, chauffeur's salary, telephone and telegraph charges, printing, etc.?

3. Did the Hon. Mr. Rhodes rent a house from the Department of Public Works, and if so, what rent did he pay?

4. What amount was spent by the Department of Public Works for the repairs of said residence?

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May 20, 1931