May 16, 1938

IND

Mr. HEON:

Independent Conservative

1. Has the land for a post office at St. Andrews East, county of Argenteuil, been acquired ?

2. If so, from whom, and at what price?

3. Has the contract for the building of such a post office been let?

4. If so, to whom, and at what price?

Topic:   QUESTIONS
Subtopic:   ST. ANDREWS EAST, QUE., POST OFFICE
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LIB

Mr. CARDIN: (Minister of Public Works)

Liberal

1. Yes.

2. (a) A. E. Ladouceur.

(b) $1,500.

3 and 4. Contract not yet awarded.

Topic:   QUESTIONS
Subtopic:   ST. ANDREWS EAST, QUE., POST OFFICE
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QUESTIONS PASSED AS ORDERS FOR RETURNS

FEDERAL CONTRIBUTIONS TO ROAD AND BRIDGE PROJECTS IN VICINITY OF MONTREAL

LIB

Mr. JEAN:

Liberal

1. Since January 1, 1936, was any contribution made by the dominion government to the following projects: (a) erection of a bridge

at the end of Pie IX Boulevard over Prairies river, linking Montreal island with Jesus island; (b) Sherbrooke street construction through the city of Pointe-aux-Trembles; (c) Broadway repairs in the city of Montreal East; (d) Notre Dame street repairs through Montreal East and Pointe-aux-Trembles cities?

2. If so, what share was contributed by the dominion government in each case?

Topic:   QUESTIONS PASSED AS ORDERS FOR RETURNS
Subtopic:   FEDERAL CONTRIBUTIONS TO ROAD AND BRIDGE PROJECTS IN VICINITY OF MONTREAL
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LIB

Louis Édouard Fernand Rinfret (Secretary of State of Canada)

Liberal

Mr. RINFRET:

Return tabled.

Topic:   QUESTIONS PASSED AS ORDERS FOR RETURNS
Subtopic:   FEDERAL CONTRIBUTIONS TO ROAD AND BRIDGE PROJECTS IN VICINITY OF MONTREAL
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OTTAWA GOVERNMENT BUILDINGS-PURCHASES OF COAL

CCF

Mr. DOUGLAS (Weyburn):

Co-operative Commonwealth Federation (C.C.F.)

1. What was the amount of coal purchased for government buildings in Ottawa for the fiscal years commencing April 1, 1907, to date, by the Public Works department? (a) Was this coal purchased by tender or otherwise;

(b) what firms tendered, what were the terms of the tender, and what were the tender prices;

(c) what was the price paid per ton; (d) what was the total amount paid to any one firm during each of the years mentioned; (e) what firm was successful in obtaining the tender each year; (f) how were these tenders, if any, obtained in each of these years whether by advertisement or otherwise?

2. For each of the years above mentioned, how were the quantities delivered by the successful tenderer established whether by railway rates or otherwise? (a) If established by railway rates, what were the number and particulars of each car so delivered; (b) if the quantities delivered were established other than by railway rates, how were delivered quantities established, giving full particulars; (c) in any of the years mentioned, what means, if any, has the department taken to check the delivered weights of coal?

3. Does the Department of Public Works or any other department of the government operate a scale to check the weights of coal and if so, how long has this scale been

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4. Has the operation of any said scale disclosed discrepancies in delivered weights of coal, and if so, what action has the department taken to recover or adjust overcharges due to incorrect weight?

5. Has the department any information of any refunds made to the government by any coal company delivering coal on government account or any adjustment made by any coal company for duplicated bills, overcharges in delivered weights, short weights, or overpayments? If so, what are the full particulars of each and every such refund and adjustment?

G. In any of the fiscal years above mentioned, has any coal company been paid any special rate or price per ton over and above the tender price for any special service or delivery charge or handling charge in connection with the coal delivered under such tender? If so, what are the full particulars for each year?

Topic:   QUESTIONS PASSED AS ORDERS FOR RETURNS
Subtopic:   OTTAWA GOVERNMENT BUILDINGS-PURCHASES OF COAL
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MOTIONS FOR PAPERS

DOCTOR J. O. LANGEVIN

LIB

Eugène Fiset

Liberal

Sir EUGENE FISET (for Mr. Deslauriers):

For a copy of all papers, letters, telegrams and other documents, dated from January, 1935, to March 11, 1938, exchanged between the dominion government or any officer thereof and any other persons relating to Dr. J. O. Langevin, of the Department of Agriculture, health of animals branch, in Montreal.

Topic:   MOTIONS FOR PAPERS
Subtopic:   DOCTOR J. O. LANGEVIN
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SASKATCHEWAN RELIEF FLOUR

CCF

Major James William Coldwell

Co-operative Commonwealth Federation (C.C.F.)

Mr. COLDWELL:

For a copy of all correspondence exchanged between the Minister of Agriculture, the independent millers of Saskatchewan and other persons regarding proposals for the provision of relief flour during the year 1937.

The house in committee of supply, Mr. Sanderson in the chair.

Topic:   SASKATCHEWAN RELIEF FLOUR
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DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE


Agricultural economics, $120,260.


CON

Mark Cecil Senn

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. SENN:

The other evening when the committee rose we were discussing research work carried on in different cities regarding the purchase and consumption of agricultural products. I asked the minister whether any investigation had been made into the consumption of vegetable oils and the effect upon the sale of other agricultural products. The minister replied in the negative, and he was asked whether any such investigation was contemplated. I think it is desirable in the interest of agriculture, and particularly of the live stock industry, that some such investigation be made. Would the minister tell us who initiates these investigations? Under whose authority are they begun? Is it by his own authority, or has the department power to initiate them? If it is the minister's prerogative, will he consider the advisability of inquir-

ing into the effect of the increasing sale of vegetable oils in Canada in recent years upon the sale of animal fats for spreading and shortening purposes?

Topic:   DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE
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LIB

James Garfield Gardiner (Minister of Agriculture)

Liberal

Mr. GARDINER:

The investigation into the use of vegetable oils that has been asked by certain individuals is an investigation of the type that might be carried on by the tariff board. As I understand it the question which has been submitted to that board is whether or not the dairy industry should be given some protection through some action regarding the importation of vegetable oils. That is not a question that would be investigated by the economics branch of this department.

Topic:   DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE
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CON

Mark Cecil Senn

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. SENN:

I scarcely agree with the minister. I was not asking an investigation into the merits of placing a tariff on vegetable oils or otherwise; but it is undoubtedly true that the sale of vegetable oils in Canada is increasing very rapidly, and naturally it must have some effect upon the sale of animal fats and oils. I think it might very well come within the scope of any investigation to determine to what extent these vegetable oils are displacing animal fats for spreading and shortening purposes. I do not wish to carry the matter further than to say that I believe it would be in the interests of agriculture generally if the minister would initiate such an investigation.

While I am on my feet I should like to ask the minister one further question. The other day he made some reference to the fact that a study was being made of the cost of farm living. I wonder how far that investigation has been carried and how it is being conducted. Is it being carried on in all parts of the dominion or only in Ontario or some other provinces?

Topic:   DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE
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LIB

James Garfield Gardiner (Minister of Agriculture)

Liberal

Mr. GARDINER:

Most of these investigations are earned on in cooperation with the provincial authorities and, in some instances, agricultural colleges and universities. They are of a local nature in the sense that at one time they may be carried on in Alberta, at another time in Ontario and at another time in Nova Scotia, but there is a relationship between the investigations in one part and those in others.

Topic:   DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE
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IND

Alan Webster Neill

Independent

Mr. NEILL:

Reverting for a moment to

the question of vegetable oils, perhaps the Minister of Finance could tell us whether or not there has been an investigation made by the tariff board. I was under the impression that he ordered an investigation by that board into the importation of vegetable oils,

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which arose, so far as my interest in it was concerned, not only as regards the dairying interests in my district but also in connection with the competition it afforded to fish oils made from the reduction of pilchards on the Pacific coast. Perhaps my memory is bad, but I gathered that the matter was being investigated by the tariff board. Has the Minister of Finance any knowledge of that?

Topic:   DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE
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May 16, 1938