June 5, 1908 (10th Parliament, 4th Session)

CON

Herbert Brown Ames

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. AMES.

What is the policy of the government at the present time with reference to granting timber and coal in areas that are not surveyed ? Does the government intend to continue that policy, and what steps are taken to ensure the exact location of berths ? For example, in this same section we are discussing, this Peace River section, the government have seen fit to give, I think, 350 square miles of timber for a mere bagatelle, to J. W. Stewart, who is connected with the firm of Larkin Brothers and Foley. Now what steps are being taken to secure a delimitation of that immense area of timber that has fallen into the hands of Mr. Stewart ? Who does the surveying ? Has the surveying been commenced ? How long has Mr. Stewart been allowed by the department to locate these tracts ? He has secured a practical monopoly of the best timber that supplies this Peace River section, and it will be needed as soon as settlement goes in there. Is it still the policy of the government to grant timber areas in sections which are remote from settlement, and in sections which are unsurveyed ? How does the government deal with timber limits in sections like that, and what is the present policy of the government in granting such areas ?

Topic:   SUPPLY.
Subtopic:   '9995 COMMONS
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