March 11, 1901

CANADA AND NEWFOUNDLAND.

CON

Seymour Eugene Gourley

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. GOURLEY asked :

Are there at the present time any negotiations being carried on between the government of Canada and the government of Newfoundland with a view of the latter province becoming a member of this Confederation ? If not, is it the intention of the government to open such negotiation during the present year ?

Topic:   QUESTIONS.
Subtopic:   CANADA AND NEWFOUNDLAND.
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The PRIME MINISTER (Rt. Hon. Sir Wilfrid Laurier).

There are negotiations now pending between Canada and Newfoundland on the subject mentioned in this question ; and, further, that the time does not seem auspicious for the opening of such negotiations.

Topic:   QUESTIONS.
Subtopic:   CANADA AND NEWFOUNDLAND.
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YUKON RAILWAY-MACKENZIE AND MANN'S CLAIM.


Sir CHARLES HIBBERT TUPPER-by Hon. Mr. Prior-asked : 1. Have Messrs. Mackenzie and Mann filed with or laid before the Minister of Railways and Canals or any other member of the government, any claim in connection with the contract for the construction of the Yukon Railway ? 2. If so, when was such claim filed, or laid before the government or any member thereof ? 3. What is the amount of such claim ? 4. Has any action been taken by the government with regard thereto, and if so, what action has been so taken ? 5. Has the government or any member thereof given any promise, assurance or statement, written or oral, to Messrs. Mackenzie and Mann, or to any person on their behalf, or to any bank or other corporation, stating the intentions of the government with respect to such claim ? 6. If so, when was such promise, assurance or statement given, and what was it ?


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The PRIME MINISTER (Rt. Hon. Sir Wilfrid Laurier).

Messrs. Mackenzie & Mann have filed a claim against the government which has been examined and considered, and which, with all the papers relating to it, will be communicated to the House at an early date.

Topic:   QUESTIONS.
Subtopic:   YUKON RAILWAY-MACKENZIE AND MANN'S CLAIM.
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DISMISSAL OF MR. W. F. SCARTH.

CON

Mr. ROCHE (Marquette) asked :

Conservative (1867-1942)

1. Has Mr. W. F. Scarth, formerly postmaster at Virden, Manitoba, been dismissed from that position ?

2. If so, for what reason ?

3. Have charges been made against Mr. Scarth and has an investigation been held into those charges, if any, since 1896 ?

4. If investigation has been held, what was the result ?

Topic:   QUESTIONS.
Subtopic:   DISMISSAL OF MR. W. F. SCARTH.
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LIB

Hon. JAMES SUTHERLAND : (Minister Without Portfolio)

Liberal

1. Mr. W. F. Scarth has been removed from the postmastership of Virden, Manitoba.

2. Mr. Scarth was removed from the post-mastersliip of Virden on representations, which were considered satisfactory, that the post office, when under his charge, was not properly managed.

3. Charges of political partisanship were made against Mr. Scarth in April. 1897. which were investigated by the post office inspector.

4. The result of the inspector's investigation was that the charges brought forward were not sustained.

Topic:   QUESTIONS.
Subtopic:   DISMISSAL OF MR. W. F. SCARTH.
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ASHCROFT AND CARIBOO MAIL CONTRACT.

CON

Hon. Mr. PRIOR asked :

Conservative (1867-1942)

1. What company or individual had the contract during the year 1900 for carrying the mails between Ashcroft and Cariboo, in British Columbia ?

2. What was the mileage covered by said contract ?

3. What amount per annum was the contract for ?

4. How many trips per week did the contract call for ?

5. Has the said contract expired ? If not, when will it ?

6. Has the government renewed said contract, or given a new one to any person or persons ?

7. If so, to whom has it been given, at what price and on what terms ?

8. If said contract has not been renewed, or a new one given, is it the intention of the government to call for public tenders for said mail service as soon as the contract in force last year expires ?

Topic:   QUESTIONS.
Subtopic:   ASHCROFT AND CARIBOO MAIL CONTRACT.
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Hon. JAMES SUTHERLAND : (Minister Without Portfolio)

Liberal

1. The British Columbia Express Company were the contractors for this service during the year 1900.

2 and 4. Between Ashcroft and Barker-ville. 2S7 miles, semi-weekly from May 15 to October 31, weekly for the remainder of the year.

Between Ashcroft station and Clinton, 32 miles, semi-weekly from November 1 to May 14, weekly for remainder of year.

Between Alkali Lake and Clinton, 90 miles, weekly throughout the year.

Betweeu Ashcroft and Lillooet, 03 miles, weekly throughout the year.

Between 150-Mile-House and Horsefly, 40 miles, weekly throughout the year.

Between 150-Mile-House and Keithley Creek, 80 miles, weekly throughout the year.

Between Soda Creek and Alexis Creek, 90-miles, weekly throughout the year.

3. Rate of pay is $23,250 a year.

5. The contract will expire on September 30, 1903.

6 and 7. The present contract was made with the British Columbia Express Company on October 1, 1899, for four years from that date.

8. As the contract will not expire until September 30, 1903, the department has not yet considered its future action regarding it.

Topic:   QUESTIONS.
Subtopic:   ASHCROFT AND CARIBOO MAIL CONTRACT.
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METROPOLITAN LIFE INSURANCE COMPANY.

LIB

Mr. LEMIEUX asked :

Liberal

1. Is the government aware that on an annual revenue of $344,158 the lapses of the Metropolitan Life Insurance Company in Canada are of $5,695,372 ?

2. Has the actuary of the Insurance Department made inquiries as to this abnormal proportion of lapses ?

3. Is the government aware that the largest proportion of the business of the Metropolitan Life Insurance Company is carried on with the mechanics add the poor class of the population ?

4. Is there in the Insurance Department any information given by the life companies as to the reasons that are given to the heirs in order to make settlement at less than the face of the policies issued ?

5. Is the Insurance Department informed of the reasons why claims are resisted by life companies-more particularly in cases where this information is denied to the widows having claims against said companies ?

The MINISTER OF FINANCE (Hon. W.

S. Fielding) :

1. Tlie government is aware that the lapses of the Metropolitan Life Insurance Company in Canada for the year ended December 31, 1899, amounted to $5,635,372, and that the income of the company in Canada for the same year amounted to $344,158. The figures were published in the report of the superintendent of insurance for that year.

2. No special Inquiry has been made as to the proportion of lapses, but the returns made to the government show that the proportion of lapses is large.

3. The government is not informed as to the class or classes of the population insured hy the Metropolitan Life Insurance Company, but is aware that the larger portion of the company's business in Canada is known as industrial insurance.

4. The superintendent of insurance is not aware that any attempts at settlement have been made at less than the face of the

policies issued. No complaints of this kind have been received at the department from policy-holders or others.

5. The department is not informed of the reasons why claims are resisted by life insurance companies.

Topic:   QUESTIONS.
Subtopic:   METROPOLITAN LIFE INSURANCE COMPANY.
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CENSUS COMMISSIONER FOR EAST ELGIN.

L-C

Mr. INGRAM asked :

Liberal-Conservative

1. The following answers were given to questions 1, 2 and 3 on February 12, 1901, by the Hon. the Minister' of Agriculture :-

Census Commissioner for East Elgin.

Mr. Ingram asked :-

1. Who is appointed census commissioner for the electoral district of East Elgin ?

2. How many applicants applied for the position and what are their names ?

3. How many applied for the position of enumerator, what are the names, and how many have been selected up to date ?

The Minister of Agriculture (Hon. Mr. Fisher) -Mr. Speaker, in reply to the hon. gentleman's question, I would say that Mr. A. D. McGugan will be the census commissioner for the electoral district of East Elgin. In reply to questions 2 and 3, I would say that there have been no applicants.

Mr. Ingram-Did the hon. gentleman (Mr. Fisher) say Mr. McGugan for East Elgin or West Elgin ?

The Minister of Agriculture-A. D. McGugan for East Elgin.

Will the hon. Minister of Agriculture say if these answers are correct to day ?

Topic:   QUESTIONS.
Subtopic:   CENSUS COMMISSIONER FOR EAST ELGIN.
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The MINISTER OF AGRICULTURE (Hon. Sydney A. Fisher).

The second and third answers are correct. The answer to the first should have read ' No one.' Mr. McGugan is recommended for West Elgin. My officer made a mistake by saying for East Elgin. No appointments are made.

Topic:   QUESTIONS.
Subtopic:   CENSUS COMMISSIONER FOR EAST ELGIN.
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Andrew B. Ingram

Liberal-Conservative

Mr. INGRAM.

Would the hon. gentleman say who is for East Elgin ?

Topic:   QUESTIONS.
Subtopic:   CENSUS COMMISSIONER FOR EAST ELGIN.
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The MINISTER OF AGRICULTURE.

No appointments have been made.

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Subtopic:   CENSUS COMMISSIONER FOR EAST ELGIN.
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TECHNICAL EDUCATION.

March 11, 1901