March 11, 1901

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The MINISTER OF THE INTERIOR (Hon. Clifford Sifton) :

1. The government, in order to bring the abandoned lands in Manitoba and the North-west Territories, now in the hands of companies or individuals who have made advances to persons, under clause 44 of the Dominion Lands Act, into the market for sale or settlement by homestead entry, has notified such companies and individuals that under the provisions of the said Act they are bound to place a bona fide settler on such homestead by the sale thereof to such settler or otherwise within two years from the date of such patent, and in default of so doing within the said period shall be bound and obliged, on demand, to sell the said homestead to any person willing to become a bona fide settler thereon, for such sum of money as is sufficient to pay the amount of such charge and interest, and the expenses incurred by the patentee in obtaining such patent and in retaining the homestead.

The department has notified the persons interested in pursuance of the condition named, which, in case of refusal will mean the absolute forfeiture of the property and all claims thereon, and of the patent or other title thereto.

2. Ninety-four patents, covering an area of 15,040 acres, to the several companies and individuals authorized under clause 44 of the Dominion Lands Act.

3. There is no special difficulty. The department requires a statutory declaration showing a compliance with the terms of the Act before taking steps to issue patent.

4. It is assumed that all the lands patented are liable to taxation.

5. It is not thought advisable, in view of the fact that advances were made to the settlers under its provisions, to amend the Act this session, but it is the intention of the department to take necessary steps to enforce a compliance with the conditions referred to.

Topic:   QUESTIONS.
Subtopic:   COLONIZATION OF ABANDONED LANDS, MANITOBA AND N.W.T.
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MURRAY AND ROSS-LIQUOR PERMIT.


Sir CHARLES HIBBERT TUPPER-by Hon. Mr. Prior-asked : Referring to the following letter :- Ottawa, April 20, 1900. To the Chief License Inspector, Dawson City. Sir,-Messrs. Murray and Ross have satisfied me that they are the holders of a permit from Mr. Ogilvie under which they purchased liquor for shipment, and that in accordance with the rule adopted they are entitled to take in the amount purchased. You will therefore be good enough to admit for this firm 6,400 gallons liquor under proof, on payment of the fees provided by law. Yours truly, (Sgd.) JAMES SUTHERLAND, Acting Minister of the Interior. 1. What are the full names of Messrs. Ross and Murray? 2. What was the date of the ' permit from Mr. Ogilvie ' ? 3. What amount of liquor did the permit from Mr. Ogilvie cover? 4. By what means did Messrs. Murray and Ross satisfy the acting Minister of the Interior that they were holders of a permit, as stated? 5. Did correspondence take place on the subject? 6. If correspondence took place, why has it not been brought down to this House, as ordered on 12th February, 1901?


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The MINISTER OF THE INTERIOR (Hon. Clifford Sifton) :

1 and 2. The department has no record of the full names of Messrs. Ross and Murray, or of the date of the permit from Mr. Ogilvie.

3. Ten thousand gallons.

4. Statement was made to the acting minister which satisfied him of the facts as set out in the letter.

5 and 6. There is no correspondence on the subject.

Topic:   QUESTIONS.
Subtopic:   MURRAY AND ROSS-LIQUOR PERMIT.
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PERMIT TO H. J. LOCKYER.


Sir CHARLES HIBBERT TUPPER-by Hon. Mr. Prior-asked : Referring to letter of September 1, 1900, of acting Minister of the Interior to license inspector, Yukon territory- 1. On what ground was this permit given to Mr. H. J. Lockyer? 2. Was there any correspondence between the applicant and the department respecting the permit ?


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The MINISTER OF THE INTERIOR (Hon. Clifford Sifton) :

1. This permit was granted to Mr. H. J. Lockyer, because the acting minister in his discretion considered Mr. Lockyer a proper person to receive it.

2. No.

Topic:   QUESTIONS.
Subtopic:   PERMIT TO H. J. LOCKYER.
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DEPOT HARBOUR BREAKWATER.


Mr. McCORMICK-by Mr. Ingram-asked: Who has been awarded the contract for construction of locks or breakwater at Depot Harbour? What is the price of lowest tenderer? fiShe MINISTER OF PUBLIC WORKS '(Hon. J. Israel Tarte). No contract lias been awarded yet.


LIGHTKEEPER, MUSQUASH ISLAND, N.B.

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Mr. WILMOT asked :

Conservative (1867-1942)

1. Is G. W. McDonald lightkeeper at Musquash Island, Queen's county, N.B.?

2. If not, when was he dismissed, and for what reason?

Topic:   QUESTIONS.
Subtopic:   LIGHTKEEPER, MUSQUASH ISLAND, N.B.
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The MINISTER OF FINANCE (Hon. W. S. Fielding).

In the absence of the bon. Minister of Marine and Fisheries (Hon. Sir Louis Davies), I would give the answer as follows :

1. No.

2. Mr. Whitfield McDonald, keeper of the light at Musquash island, N.B., was dismissed by order in council, dated 19th January last, because he was an exceedingly offensive political partisan.

Topic:   QUESTIONS.
Subtopic:   LIGHTKEEPER, MUSQUASH ISLAND, N.B.
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YUKON-GAMBLING HOUSES AND DISREPUTABLE SALOONS.


Sir CHARLES HIBBERT TUPPER-by Hon. Mr. Prior-asked : 1. Is the following letter authentic? Dear Sir,-I have read a good many complaints, most of them of a private character, in regard to the fact that women of bad repute are permitted to be employed in the bar-rooms and drinking places, where they are used for the purpose of decoying people into such places, and in regard to the lack of effort in suppressing gambling; it is also charged that the fact of fining gamblers is indirectly a license to them to continue their operations. I have not heretofore interfered in this matter, because it seemed to me that yourself, the commanding officer of the Mounted Police, should have been able to decide on what ought to have been done, but from information which I have received, * it seems to me that a considerable increase in stringency is required. I see no reason why what is known as dancing halls, but which are 'in reality, as I understand it, bar-rooms with *women selling liquor, should not be summarily suppressed. The same remark applies to the systematic and open gambling. I desire, therefore, that you will take the necessary steps to carry out these views without delay. I am sending a copy of this letter to the commanding officer of the Mounted Police, with whom, no doubt, you will require to consult, but who will be directly charged with the carrying out of the above instructions. It would be 'just as well for you, after the receipt of this letter, to intimate that the matter has been considered, and a resolution has been arrived at on the above lines, so that the people gene- i Mr. -SIFTON. rally will understand what is going to be done, and govern themselves accordingly. Yours truly,


CLIFFORD SIFTON,


Minister of the Interior. (a) If so, what is its date? (b) Has any report been received showing what action has been taken on said letter? (c) If such report has been received, will steps he taken to cause it to he laid before the House ?


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The MINISTER OF THE INTERIOR (Hon. Clifford Sifton) :

1. A letter to the effect of that set out was written by me to Mr. Ogilvie. It is not quoted with absolute correctness.

(a) Date of letter 14tb August, 1900.

(b) A report has been received from the commanding officer of the mounted police.

(c) The papers will be brought down within a day or two.

Topic:   QUESTIONS.
Subtopic:   CLIFFORD SIFTON,
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YUKON-ROAD AND BRIDGE CONSTRUCTION


Sir CHARLES HIBBERT TUPPER-by Hon. Mr. Prior-asked : 1. Is the government aware that the commissioner of the Yukon was reported by the press to have announced, in the fall of 1900, to the residents of White Horse, in regard to the request for the construction of roads, trails, &c., that the only revenue available for such purposes is that derived from the liquor traffic, through the sale of permits, by fines, license, &e.? 2. Would such a statement be substantially correct ? If not, from what sources is such a revenue derived?


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The MINISTER OF THE INTERIOR (Hon. Clifford Sifton) :

1. No. The government is not aware of such fact.

2. The statement would be incorrect, inasmuch as the government of Canada expends a very large amount annually in the construction of roads and bridges in the Yukon territory.

Topic:   QUESTIONS.
Subtopic:   YUKON-ROAD AND BRIDGE CONSTRUCTION
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March 11, 1901