March 21, 1932

BUSINESS OF THE HOUSE

GOVERNMENT ORDERS TO HAVE PRECEDENCE ON MONDAYS

CON

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

Conservative (1867-1942)

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

That on Mondays after the 21st March instant, until the end of the session, government notices of motions and government orders shall have precedence over all business except questions by members and notices of motions for the production of papers.

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Motion agreed to.


PRIVILEGE-MR. VENIOT

LIB

Peter John Veniot

Liberal

Hon. P. J. VENIOT (Gloucester):

Mr. Speaker, I rise to a question of privilege. I hold in my hand the St. John Telegraph-Journal for March 19, 1932, which contains the report of a speech delivered in the New Brunswick legislature on Friday last by the Minister of Public Works for that province, in which reference is made to myself. The report states:

In Gloucester the ex-Postmaster General had made charges which, if based on facts, would have been grave.

At his request, Hon. Mr. Stewart continued, an official from the federal government had investigated the charges, which were disproven.

The complaints I made to the department were not reported on at all. A report was submitted by Mr. Carter, referring to only one complaint which, after all, was not made to him by myself, and in that connection he stated that no federal money had been expended on that particular road. When I was 'speaking on February 23 the Minister of Labour interrupted to state that on none of the roads mentioned by me in connection with my complaints had federal money been expended. I differed with the minister and repeated the statement that federal grants had been made in connection with the roads upon which my complaints were based. I have before me a report submitted by the Minister of Public Works of the province of New Brunswick, which was laid on the table of the legislature last week and which gives the list of works for which federal aid has been received. The name of every road mentioned by me on February 23 is to be found in that list.

I take objection to the statement that the complaints or charges which I had to make have been disproved. That is not the case, and I am prepared to stand by what I stated at that time.

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QUESTIONS


(Questions answered orally are indicated by an asterisk).


LOANS TO BRITISH COLUMBIA

LIB

Thomas Reid

Liberal

Mr. REID:

What sums of money were granted or given by way of a loan, to the province of British Columbia for purposes other than grants or loans under the Unemployment Relief Act of 1931, during the fiscal year 1931-1932, giving the amount of money, if any, so granted and the respective dates any such moneys were given and for what specific purpose?

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CON

Charles Hazlitt Cahan (Secretary of State of Canada)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. CAHAN:

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CANADIAN NATIONAL RAILWAYS-UNITED STATES COAL

LIB

Mr. RALSTON:

Liberal

1. What is the amount of United States coal: (a) anthracite; (b) bituminous, used by the Canadian National Railways during the year 1931?

2. What was the cost of such coal?

3. What is the analysis of the marketable grade of United States coal used on Canadian National Railways compared with the marketable grade of: (a) Springhill; (b) Cape Breton coal suitable for such use?

4. What are the comparative prices of such Cape Breton coal, Springhill coal and American coal delivered at Montreal and Toronto by water?

5. Is there a satisfactory coal handling plant at Toronto and Levis, and what coal storage is there in each of such places?

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CON

Mr. MANION: (Minister of Railways and Canals)

Conservative (1867-1942)

1. (a) United States anthracite 6,350 tons;

(b) United States bituminous 1,585,459 tons.

2. The cost of United States anthracite was $59,333.13, or $9.34 per ton on cars Canadian National tracks. The cost of United States bituminous was $6,182,479, or $3.90 per ton f.o.b. cars Canadian National tracks, duty paid.

3. Approximate chemical analyses on "air dry" basis are as follows:

- R/M Pittsburg No. 8 seam, Belmont Co., Ohio Nut Freeport seam, Armstrong Co., Pa. R/M Pittsburg seam, Indiana Co., Pa. . Egg Pittsburg seam, Monongalia Co., N.W. Va. R/M Cape Breton various mines, Sydney area R/M SpringhillMoisture

Volatile

Fixed carbon

Ash

Sulphur

B.T.U 1-50 39-50 50-90 8-10 4-00 13,500 0- 97 32-52 60-04 6-47 1- 82 14,256 1-00 33-28 59-05 6-67 1-51 14,232 0- 83 35-44 57-39 6-34 1- 52 14,377 1-38 32-32 58-45 7-85 3-29 13,834 1-55 32-27 58-62 - 7-56 1-71 13,654

These figures are based on C.N.R. sampling and analyses, and are considered by Canadian National authorities to be representative.

4. Water delivery at Montreal; duty and wharfage paid: Cape Breton coal, $5.10 on cars; Springhill coal, no information; United States coal, $4.78, including exchange, $4.52, excluding exchange; British Coal, $4.38.

The above figures are f.o.b. cars and do not include anything for winter storage, etc.

Water delivery at Toronto: Cape Breton coal, $5.65 to $5.75 f.a.s., $5.94 to $6.04 on cars, wharfage paid; Springhill coal, no information; United States coal ex Erie, $4.12 on cars including wharfage, with exchange, $3.86 on cars including wharfage, without exchange.

Water delivery to Toronto, thence rail to Mimieo, add 10 cents to above figures, as approximate out-of-pocket cost of haul.

Note.-The cost of water delivery of Cape Breton coal to Toronto, is not credited with any subvention, as it is the understanding of the railway company that subvention assistance so far only applies to railborne movement.

5. In the opinion of the Canadian National Railway authorities there is not a satisfactory coal-handling plant at Toronto. At Levis there is one. There is no coal storage space adjoining the Levis plant, but there is space

for 250,000 tons at Joffre, nine miles from Levis dock.

The railway officials claim that the analysis of a coal does not tell the whole story, because some coals may be fairly high inB.T.U's, but are friable and difficult to handle. However, the analyses given are representative of coals which the railway is now using.

There is no Springhill coal, so far as the company is aware, shipped by water to Montreal.

In all cases the figures used relate to net tons.

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WEDGEPORT, N.S.-LONG WHARF

LIB

Mr. RALSTON:

Liberal

1. Were moneys paid out in cash by the foreman or other person paying workmen, in connection with the repairs to Long wharf at Wedgeport under the Unemployment and Farm Relief Act of 1931?

2. If so, to whom and in what amount, and by what method was such cash made available to such persons or person?

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CON

Hugh Alexander Stewart (Minister of Public Works)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. STEWART (Leeds):

1 and 2. All wages at Wedgeport, NS., unemployment relief works were paid by individual cheques sent to the foreman for distribution.

Questions

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MONTREAL ELEVATORS

CON

Mr. ROSS:

Conservative (1867-1942)

1. How much grain has been received in Montreal elevators, shipped or transferred from Buffalo, U.S.A.?

2. How much of this grain arrived in: (a) Canadian boats; (b) American boats; (c) Eastern Transportation Company boats?

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CON

Mr. STEVENS: (Minister of Trade and Commerce)

Conservative (1867-1942)

1. See statement below.

2. See statement below

Canadian grain shipped from United States ports (principally Buffalo), to Canadian ports (principally Montreal), down the Welland Canal.

Wheat Oats Barley Totalbushels 282,700 9,634,700 3,435,038 bushels bushels 31,000 1,516,750 337,605 bushels 313,700 11,247,155 3,772,643195,705 In Eastern Steamship Company boats

Included in "Canadian Boats".

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March 21, 1932