June 24, 1931

CANADIAN FARM LOAN ACT

CON

Mr. LAFLECHE:

Conservative (1867-1942)

1. Did the government receive from the Quebec government a request conforming to a resolution adopted by the Quebec legislature on March 25. 1930, and reading as follows: "This house invites the government to approach the competent authorities of the federal government in order to obtain a reduction of the interest rate on loans to be made under the Canadian Farm Loan Act"?

2. If so, on what date was said request received?

3. Did the government receive, since March, 1930, other requests or representations from the same government regarding the amending *of the Canadian Farm Loan Act?

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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, this question, which has been standing for a long time, asks whether or not a resolution that was adopted by the Quebec legislature in March, 1930, was brought to the attention of this government. The officials have not been able to locate any communication indicating that it had been sent to the government, but sometimes in the moving of offices papers are mislaid, as this communication may have been. I had intended to ask the right hon. leader of the opposition (Mr. Mackenzie King) to inquire of his former colleagues whether any such communication had been received. That is how the matter stands at the present moment.

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CON

Pierre Édouard Blondin (Speaker of the Senate)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. SPEAKER:

Dropped.

wheat exports in 1917 and 1918

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LIB

Mr. TOTZKE:

Liberal

1. What was the total number of bushels of wheat disposed of for export for the years 1917 and 1918, under the authority and supervision of the board of grain supervisors of Canada?

2. What was the total amount of money paid by the allied purchasing commission or other overseas purchasing body for such wheat?

3. What was the average price paid for such wheat abroad by the purchaser or purchasers thereof during each year?

4. Was the price paid by the allied purchasing commission for Canada's wheat during these two years, $2.21 and $2.24 respectively, per bushel, basis one northern Fort William or Port Arthur plus all delivery costs including land and water freight rates, insurance, interest, etc., or were the usual fluctuating wheat prices on the world's markets also determining factors in establishing the ultimate price the allied purchasing commission paid for this wheat ?

Questions

5. Were there any changes in the railway, ocean or insurance rates during these two years?

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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:

It might be said that

number 2 is answered by the inquiry that took place before the committee on agriculture.

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CON

DISMISSAL OF POSTMASTERS

LIB

Mr. VENIOT:

Liberal

1. How many postmasters were dismissed since March 1, 1931?

2. What were the reasons assigned for each dismissal, tile name of each postmaster and the location of each post office?

3. How many dismissals were made after investigations were held on charges of political partisanship, and what are the names of those dismissed?

4. What postmasters were dismissed on recommendations of the sitting member of the constituency, on the charge of political activity?

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LIB

Peter John Veniot

Liberal

Mr. VENIOT:

I understand the Postmaster General's estimates are to come up to-day or to-morrow, and therefore I should like to have this question answered.

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CON

Pierre Édouard Blondin (Speaker of the Senate)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. SPEAKER:

It rests with the Postmaster General.

^RELIEF EXPENDITURE IN MONTREAL

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LIB

Mr. RINFRET:

Liberal

1. What sum of money has been spent in the city of Montreal by the federal government out of the twenty million dollars voted at the special session of 1930: (a) on works as a relief for unemployment; (b) as direct assistance?

2. How many workingmen are at present employed by the harbour commission at Montreal?

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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:

I indicated the day before yesterday, Mr. Speaker, that part of this information was no more in the possession of this government than it was in the possession of the hon. gentleman himself. If he refers entirely to the works for relief, then we could give him the information that has always been supplied.

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LIB

Louis Édouard Fernand Rinfret

Liberal

Mr. RINFRET:

The Prime Minister will

notice that I have amended my question and I believe there is no objection to it in its present form.

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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:

No.

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CON

CANADIAN NATIONAL RAILWAYS-REVENUES FROM CERTAIN STATIONS

LIB

Jean-François Pouliot

Liberal

Mr. POULIOT:

What was the total revenue: (a) for

passenger traffic; (b) for freight traffic of the Canadian National Railways during each of

the last ten years at the following stations: Riviere du Loup, Vegreville, Parry Sound, Wainwright, Salvus, B.C., Redbank, Ont., Creek des Prairies, P.Q., Levis, P.Q.?

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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:

This question and the

notice of motion for production of papers standing in the name of another hon. gentleman involve the disclosing by the railway company of its revenues at stations and the sources of those revenues from two classes of traffic. It is a long and tedious return. But apart from that, the railway company advises the department, as the Minister of Railways (Mr. Manion) indicated the other day, that they do not regard it as being in the public interest to make known through parliament the earnings at various stations. I think the hon. gentleman would be well advised to drop his question in the public interest.

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CON

Pierre Édouard Blondin (Speaker of the Senate)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. SPEAKER:

Number 19 dropped.

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June 24, 1931