May 19, 1908 (10th Parliament, 4th Session)


Herbert Brown Ames

Conservative (1867-1942)


So far as No. 1049 is concerned, if the hon. gentleman says he never had any interest directly or indirectly in No. 1049, I accept his word, but so far as No. 1048 is concerned I am going to continue my remarks. Now, these two limits, first and second choice, this immense area was disposed of by this government for $6,000, or $12 per square mile, or 2 cents per acre. That limit has been cruised and I understand it contains over 1,000,000,000 feet of spruce. It was the largest proposition that was ever put up in the Canadian Northwest of a timber character, and yet it was put up with such evidence of haste that the competition for it was practically nil. You may search the records of the department for that year and the year before and you will find that the average bonus the department was receiving in these two . years was $150 per square mile throughout the whole department. And yet, they were prepared to let this immense area go, the timber reserve supply of Prince Albert, for the paltry sum of $12 per square mile. Now, as to No. 1048, although that limit stood in the name of the Big River Lumber Company it was a limit in which Mr. T. A. Burrows has shown a very great interest. Before it was explored, before it was even blocked out, Mr. T. A. Burrows sold his half interest in limit No. 1048 and whatever interest he may have had in No. 1049 for $80,000. What is more, he was paid in full in cash three instalments of $30,000, $25,000 and $25,000.

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