The MINISTER OF MILITIA AND DEFENCE (Hon. Sir Frederick Borden) :
Subtopic: CLAIM AGAINST MR. MILLS, ANNAPOLIS, N.S.
Mr. WADE-by Mr. Campbell-asked: 1. What is the address and occupation of Mr. J. B. Metts, of Annapolis, N.S., whose name appears on page B-6 of the Auditor General's Report for the year ending June 30, 1902, as being in arrears to the Department of Militia and Defence ? 2. When and how did such indebtedness arise ? 3. Has the correctness of said claim ever been disputed ?
Mr. KENDALL-by Mr. Calvert-asked : 1. What is the rate per mile charged by the Intercolonial Railway for carrying coal for the short and long hauls ? 2. What is the cost of such traffic per mile ? 3. What is the rate per ton of coal from Spring Hill Junction to Moncton, St. John, Quebec, Montreal and St. Hyacinthe ? 4. What is the rate from Stellarton to the same points ? 5. What is the rate from Sydney and North Sydney to the same points ? 6. What is the rate from Stellarton to Port Mulgrave ? 7. What is the rate from Sydney to Point Tupper ? 8. What is the estimated cost of transfer of coal at the Strait of Canso ? 9. What is the rate for carriage of coal from Sydney and North Sydney to New Glasgow ? 10. What are the rates from Sydney and Stellarton, respectively, to Halifax ?
This is information that cannot be given by means of an answer to a question.
1. Where do Messrs. J. E. Duval and Gerald Ruel, the commissioners appointed by the government to report upon the causes of the fatal railway accident at West Lome, reside 1
2. Are both of the gentlemen engineers, or have they had any experience in railroad operation or management ?
3. What is the profession, or occupation, of each of the gentlemen ?
1. In the city of Ottawa.
2. Neither is an engineer. Mr. ,T. E. Duval has had long and varied experience in railway operation and management, Mr. Ruel only as regards legal matters.
3. Mr. Ruel is a lawyer of high standing, and is in the Department of Railways and Canals. Mr. Duval is a member of the operating staff of the Canada Atlantic Railway.
1. Has the government received a petition from the inhabitants of Lots 6, 7, 8, and 9, in Prince county, province of Prince Edward Island, asking for the construction of a branch line of railway from, at or near, O'Leary Station, to a point at or near Cape Wolfe ?
2. If so, is it the intention of the government to proceed immediately with the construction of said branch railway ?
2. The subject is under consideration.
1. Has a commission been appointed to hold inquiry into the matter of complaints arising in Manitoba and the North-west Territories, concerning the lumber trade ?
2. If so, who has been appointed commissioner ; when and where will the commission begin the inquiry; and what is the scope of such inquiry ?
In answer to the question of the hon. member (Mr. Scott) I may say that a commission has been appointed for the purpose of inquiring into the alleged lumber combine, that the commissioner is Mr. Justice Richards, of the province of Manitoba, and that the time at which he is to begin the investigation is necessarily left to his own discretion. He has informed me that he will be able to undertake the work as soon as the routine business in connection with this court is disposed of. I understand the investigation will begin at once.
Mr. McCREARY asked :
In deciding to pay over to the province of Manitoba interest upon the deferred payments upon the sale of school lands, was the government influenced by instructions, advice or suggestions from the Colonial Secretary, or any one acting on behalf of the imperial government ?
In deciding to make the payment referred to, the government was not influenced by anything except its own conception of wise public policy. No instructions, suggestions or advice of any kind upon the subject have ever been conveyed either directly or indirectly, orally or in writing, on behalf of the imperial government or any of its members.