March 11, 1901

HODSON AND RIVER JOHN.


Tri-weekly-10 miles. Notices were issued on the 18th December, 1896, inviting tenders to be received at the department on the 5th February, 1897, for a new contract for four years, to date from the 1st April, 1897, and the tender of W. Gammon at $69, being the lowest, was accepted. Mr. Gammon's contract will terminate on the 31st March, 1901, and acting under section 58 of the Postal Act, which provides that the Postmaster General may, in special cases, enter into contracts under $200 by private agreement, if he conceives that the public interest will be promoted by such a course, I have authorized that a contract be made with Mr. John Ritchie, on the same terms and conditions, for a further term of four years, from the 1st April, 1901.


RIVER JOHN AND RAILWAY STATION.


Semi-daily-1 mile. Notices were issued on the 18th December, 1896, inviting tenders to be received at the department on the 5th February, 1897, for a new contract for four years to date from the 1st April, 1897, and the tender of W. Gammon at $39, being the lowest, was accepted. Mr. Gammon's contract will terminate on the 31st March, 1901, and acting under section 58 of the Postal Act, which provides that the Postmaster General may. in special cases, enter into contracts under $200, by private agreement, if he conceives that the public interest will be promoted by such a course, I have authorized that a contract be made with Mr. John Ritchie on the same terms and conditions, for a further term of four years, from the 1st April, 1901.


BLUE MOUNTAIN AND NEW GLASGOW.


Daily-15i miles. This contract being about to expire on the 31st December, 1900, inquiries were set on foot as to the best arrangement for the service in the future, and as these were



not completed when the contract expired, a temporary agreement was made under section 62 of the Post Office Act, with the former contractor, at the lowest rate which could be obtained, viz.: $400 per annum, and notices were issued on the 4th January, 1901, inviting tenders to be received at the department on the 22nd February, 1901, for a new contract for four years, from 1st April, 1901. The lowest tender has been accepted, subject to inquiry as to the competency of the party tendering,


NEW GLASGOW AND TRENTON.


Semi-daily-1J miles. Notices were issued on the 18th September, 1896, inviting tenders to be received at the department on the 5th November, 1896, for a contract for four years, from the 1st January, 1897, and the tender of J. W. Church at $149, being the lowest, was accepted. Mr. Church's contract having expired on the 31st December, 1900, and it having been reported to me that the service was satisfactorily performed, and advantageous to the public interest, acting under the provision of section 2 of clause 61 of the Postal Act, I authorized a renewal of this contract with Mr. Church for a further term of four years, but Mr. Church having declined to enter into a new contract for four years, was willing to continue temporarily on the same terms and conditions until permanent arrangements were made, and the department arranged with him accordingly. The matter is at present engaging the attention of the department.


PICTOU AND PICTOU LANDING.


Daily-14 miles. This contract being about to expire on the 31st December, 1900, inquiries were set on foot as to the best arrangement for the service in the future. These were not completed when the contract expired. A temporary agreement was made under section 62 of the Post Office Act, with the former contractor, at the lowest rate which could be obtained, viz. : $197.80 per annum. The matter is still engaging the attention of the department.


SCOTSBURN STATION AND WEST BRANCH


Daily-14 miles. This contract having expired on the 30th June, 1900, notices were issued on the 13th April, 1900, inviting tenders to be received at the department on the 25th May, 1900. The lowest tender was that of W. A. Berry at $420 per annum. This was considered by the department too high, and the inspector was instructed to obtain a lower rate. The inspector reported that Mr. Berry would not reduce his tender, and that he could not obtain a lower rate, and the contract having expired on the 30th June, a tem-Mr. SUTHERLAND (Oxford). porary agreement was made under section 62 of the Post Office Act with Mr. Rae, the contractor, at $415, the lowest sum for which the service could be obtained, and on the 6th December, the tender of Mr. Berry at $400 per annum was accepted. Mr. Berry declined the contract on the ground that he was not in a position at that time to undertake the service. Mr. Rae, who had been carrying on the service for $414, since the expiration of the contract on the 30th June, refused to go on after the 31st December, unless he was paid at the rate of the tender he made to the department in May, that is, $445 per annum, and he has been paid at that rate since that time.


CON

Robert Laird Borden (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. BORDEN (Halifax).

I did not notice that the hon. gentleman answered the first paragraph of the question.

Topic:   QUESTIONS.
Subtopic:   SCOTSBURN STATION AND WEST BRANCH
Sub-subtopic:   RIVER JOHN.
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LIB

Robert Franklin Sutherland

Liberal

Hon. Mr. SUTHERLAND.

I think that was answered on a previous occasion, but this being a matter involving a good deal of preparation, was held over. The answer to the first part will be found in ' Hansard.'

Topic:   QUESTIONS.
Subtopic:   SCOTSBURN STATION AND WEST BRANCH
Sub-subtopic:   RIVER JOHN.
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MAIL SERVICE-CLARENCEVILLE AND LA-COLLE STATION.


Mr. POPE-by Mr. Ingram-asked : Why does the mail carrier to and from Clarence village and Lacolle station receive $93 a year* more than his tender reads for ?


LIB

James Sutherland (Minister Without Portfolio)

Liberal

Hon. JAMES SUTHERLAND.

The contractor for the mail service between Clarenceville and Lacolle railway station is not paid anything more than the amount for which he tendered for the service. This service was last up to tender in 1898, notices being issued on the 15th July, and tenders due to be opened on the 26th August. The service is daily each way over a route four miles in length, and the rate paid pi'ior to that period was $240 a year. The only tender received was from Mr. M. J. Bur wort at $313 a year. The department regarding this tender as too high, directed the inspector to see if a lower rate could possibly be obtained. The inspector after inquiry reported that no lower rate could be obtained, the tenderer explaining that he had to pay fifty cents per day, or $156.60 a year, for tolls. The inspector, also, stated that every effort had been made to secure offers for the service, since, besides posting up the notices in all public places, all those likely to tender were notified by him directly of the bidding ; but as the only tenderer was the late contractor, who enjoyed the confidence of the public, no person desired to bid against him. The inspector also reported that there was a railway in course of construction which would pass near Clarenceville and might affect the mail service, and lie recommended that instead of a regular contract a temporary agreement be made with Mr. Burwort at the rate of his tender, viz. : $313 a year, which was done. The service is still being carried on under the terms of that agreement.

Topic:   QUESTIONS.
Subtopic:   MAIL SERVICE-CLARENCEVILLE AND LA-COLLE STATION.
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COLONIZATION OF ABANDONED LANDS, MANITOBA AND N.W.T.


Mr. DOUGLAS-by Mr. McCreary-asked : 1. What steps, if any, have been taken by the government during 1899 and 1900 to bring the abandoned lands of Manitoba and the Northwest Territories now in the hands of colonization companies into the market for sale or settlement by homestead entry ? 2. What number of patents have been issued by the Department of the Interior to these companies during the years 1899 and 1900? 3. What special difficulty stands in the way of issuing such patents? 4. What amount of such land has by the action of the Interior Department during these years been made liable to taxation? 5. Will any action be taken by the government this session so to amend section 44 of the Dominion Colonization Act, so as to enforce the provisions of the same in all colonization companies and thus protect the interests of the settlers and the rights of the Crown?


March 11, 1901