March 30, 1910 (11th Parliament, 2nd Session)

LIB

Hon. FRANK OLIVER: (Minister of the Interior; Superintendent-General of Indian Affairs)

Liberal

1. Yes, in accordance with the statutes in that behalf.
2. School lands required for the right of way of railways, for station grounds, ballast pits, and right of way for water pipes, have been sold otherwise than by public auction to railway companies under the provisions of the Railway Act, and school lands have also been sold by private sale to Boards of Trustees, under the provisions of subsection 2, of section 39, of the Dominion Lands Act, for school sites, the area not exceeding in any case four acres. In no other ease have school lands been sold to private individuals, or to companies, otherwise than at public auction.
The lands required for right of way, station grounds, &c., of railways, are sold to the railway companies at a valuation determined by inspection of the land, and approved by the Governor in Council.
The lands required for school sites are only sold to Boards of Trustees, upon the recommendation ef the Deputy Minister of Education for the province in which the land is situated.

The minimum price fixed by the Act is $10 per acre, and no land has been sold for school sites below that price.
These sales are not advertised.

Topic:   QUESTIONS.
Subtopic:   SALES OF SCHOOL LANDS.
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