3. Several district accountants who were appointed by the Civil Service Commission and are employees of the Department of Finance carry out such duties at the direction of district officers commanding.
Hansard of March 14, will ibe found the record of a question addressed to the Minister of Public Works, which reads as follows:
Hon. P. J. A. Cardin (Richelieu): In view of an item I read this morning in the Montreal Gazette, repeating statements made on many occasions by persons connected with the harbour commission of Montreal regarding the port of Sorel, may I ask the Minister of Public Works (Mr. Stewart) if it is true that the government spent $2,000,000 for building the rvharf on which the present privately owned elevator is erected at Sorel, and if in fact that wharf was not in existence many years before the elevator was built?
To which I replied as follows:
As the hon. gentleman gave me no notice of this question I am not prepared to give the answer. I have not the information with me. I suggest it stand as a notice of motion.
I now desire to make a comprehensive statement, which I trust furnishes the information desired by the hon. member.
The construction at Sorel of what is known as the Grand Quai was commenced in 1902. The area involved is 240,000 square feet.
In 1929 improvements were undertaken in this area, including wharf improvements and provision for the construction of a grain elevator. An additional expenditure was then made for elevator foundations on the Grand Quai and for wharfage adjoining the elevator in the Lanctot basin. A fair apportionment of the cost of these improvements chargeable to the elevator would appear to be as follows: Proportion of cost of original
structure 63,000 x $1.13 $ 71,190 00
Cost of land occupied (lot 11)
45,675 sq. ft. at 46 cents 21,010 5C
Cost of land occupied (lot 10)
17,325 sq. ft. at 30.5 cents.. .. 5,301 45Cost of foundation
Cost of 225 ft. of improvements
225 x $245
55,125 00Trackage area
7,467 20Total $ 328,819 00
An order in council, P.C. 609 was passed on April 10, 1929, on the recommendation of the then Minister of Marine and Fisheries (Hon. P. J. A. Cardin) authorizing a lease to the Engineering Projects Limited of Toronto of a_ site for a grain elevator on the following terms and conditions:
(a) that a twenty-one year lease of the area marked "A" on the plan attached hereto be granted at an annual rental of $6,000. This lease to be renewable for two further like periods at an annual rental of not less than $6,000 to be agreed upon, provided that the government may at the expiration of any- 21 year period acquire the elevator at a price to be determined by arbitration.
(b) that the applicants be given a five year
option for a lease under terms to be agreedupon of the area marked "B" on the plan
attached hereto: and
(c) that the applicants be given a ten year
option for a lease under terms to be agreedupon of the area marked "C" on the plan
Area "A" comprises 63,000 sq. ft.
Area "B" comprises 57,680 sq. ft., and
Area '"C" comprises 57,680 6q. ft.
This lease was subsequently assigned to the North American Elevators Limited, on April 24, 1929.
The total expenditure for harbour improvements at Sorel since confederation including all construction, dredging and repairs is $2,460,574.42.
Mr. Speaker, I desire to ask a question of the Prime Minister. Yesterday in giving
Western Grain Rates
an indication of the business before the house he said:
The redistribution bill will be proceeded with, and I think every reasonable effort is being made to expedite the work of that committee, at least that is my advice in that regard.
As I am advised, the representative of the opposition from the province of Quebec on that committee has not yet received any plan or proposal with regard to the province, in fact no work has been done at all as far as the province of Quebec is concerned. As the committee was appointed in November, and we are to-day on the 23rd of March, I would ask the Prime Minister whether he would not see to it that the work is expedited as far as the province of Quebec is concerned.