February 22, 1928 (16th Parliament, 2nd Session)

LIB

Mr. RINFRET: (Secretary of State of Canada)

Liberal

1. By order in council, P.C. 2822, dated the 15th November, 1918, Thomas Mulvey, Under Seeretaiy of State, rvas appointed an officer to take such steps as may be necessary to make a complete list of:
(a) Claims of persons residing or carrying on business in Canada who have been subjected to loss and pecuniary damage, arising from the destruction of life and property through the illegal warfare of the enemy, and
(b) Claims for damages to which persons residing or carrying on business in Canada have been subjected for breaches of contracts, which contracts were prevented from being carried out owing to the operation of the statutory list of persons in neutral countries with whom such contracts were declared illegal, and to examine and report upon all such claims as aforesaid.
A notice appeared in the Canada Gazette, dated 30th November, 1918, asking claimants to submit their claims.
2. The Hon. Sir John Douglas Hazen. K.C.M.G., was appointed on the 31st October, 1921, " to be a commissioner to conduct an enquiry under the provisions of part I of the Inquiries Act, Chapter 104 of the revised statutes of Canada, 1906, and to investigate the following claims:
(a) Claims of persons residing or carrying on business in Canada who have been subjected to loss and pecuniary damages arising through the destruction of life and property through the illegal warfare of the enemy, and
(b) Claims for damages to which persons residing or carrying on business in Canada have been subjected for breaches of contracts, which contracts were prevented from being carried out owing to the operation of the statutory list of persons in neutral countries with whom such contracts were declared illegal for the purpose of determining whether they are within the categories set forth in annex I of part VIII (reparation) section I of the treaty of Peace between the Allied and Associated Powers and Germany, signed at Versailles, June 28, 1919, and the fair amounts of such claims and to make such findings as may be of assistance to the government of Canada in determining which, if any, of such claims should be paid and the extent of payment thereof".
3. The Hon. William Pugsley, K.C., LL.D., was appointed on the 13th March, 1923. The duties are' set out in the answer to question 2.
4. James Friel, K.C., was appointed on the 19th June, 1925. The duties are set out in the answer to question 2.

5. All claimants were called upon to submit by declaration full particulars of their claims and to substantiate such by all documentary evidence in their possession. Subsequently the claimants were notified to appear before the commissioner at various centres nearest to their places of residence in order to give evidence before him upon oath, and to produce such witnesses that may be necessary to substantiate their claims.
6. Yes, but in some cases claimants submitted travelling expense claims, which were paid by the Department of the Secretary of State out of the appropriation for the adjustment of war claims.
7. Yes.
8. Articles, 231 to 244, and the annexes thereto.
9. Yes.
10. 1,009 claims were filed of which 686 were paid amounting to $7,849,824.81. Special provisions were made in the treaty for the payment of claims under articles 296 and 297.
11. Yes.
12. Yes.
13. It is understood that a bill for this purpose is now under consideration by the Senate of the United States having been passed by the House of Representatives.
14. No information.
15. It is in the hands of the printer.
16. Under consideration.
17. $10,175,071.44.
18. Subject to certain priorities. Canada receives 4.35 per cent of the reparations receipts allotted to the British Empire and payments are made quarterly to Canada by the British treasury. The British Empire's allotment is 22 per cent of the whole. The amount payable depends upon the operation of the Dawes plan, under which the annuity is fixed at 1,750,000,000 gold marks for the year 1927-8 and 2,500,000 000 gold marks for 1928-9 and subsequently. The payments to which Canada was entitled for amounts paid for reparation prior to the Dawes plan have been received.

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