February 29, 1912

LIB

Mr. LEMIEUX:

Liberal

1. Has the Minister of Railways and Canals given any contract for ties at Sayabec, county of Rimouski ? If so, what is the name of the contractor?

2. What is the amount of said contract, if

any? 1

3. Have tenders been called for?

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Subtopic:   CONTRACT FOR TIES.
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CON

Air. COCHRANE: (Minister of Railways and Canals)

Conservative (1867-1942)

1. Yes. Edouard Smith and Hedwidge Boulay.

2. Edouard Smith, 10,000 cedar ties at 35 cents each. Hedwidge Boulay, 10,000 cedar ties at 35 cents each.

3. Yes. Tenders were called on August

5, 1911, by newspaper and poster advertisement.

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Subtopic:   CONTRACT FOR TIES.
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COMMERCIAL AGENT IN FRANCE.


Mr. LEMIEUX Is it the intention of the Minister of Trade and Commerce to appoint a commercial agent in France to succeed to Mr. Anatole Poin-dron ?


CON

George Eulas Foster (Minister of Trade and Commerce)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Air. FOSTER (Toronto North).

To the question of the hon. member the answer of the Alinister of Trade and Commerce is: no.

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MAGDALEN ISLANDS NEWS SERVICE.

CON

John Douglas Hazen (Minister of Marine and Fisheries; Minister of the Naval Service)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Air. HAZEN.

The day before yesterday my hon. friend from Rouville (Air. Le-mieux) asked a question with regard to a wireless news service for the Magdalen Islands, and I promised to obtain some information regarding it. I have now the information, and, if in order, I may say that the Department of Naval Service last year erected a wireless station on the Magdalen Islands, so as to establish communication with Prince Edward Island and Nova Scotia, and also to put these Islands in communication with passing ships and with the various stations in the Gulf of St. Lawrence. This station is being operated for the department by the Marconi Wireless Telegraph Company of Canada under the same agreement which regulates the operation of other wireless stations in that district. The hon. Postmaster Genera] lately made arrangements 1294

to have a weekly news letter officially prepared for transmission to the Alagdalen Islands, and this letter, which will be composed of about 1,000 words, will be forwarded each week via wireless station at Pictou and at the Magdalen Islands, so as to be available for communication at the Islands on each Sunday. The first message sent last week, consisting of 1,738 words, was received at Pictou at 3 p.m. on Friday, February 23, and had been transmitted to the Magdalen Islands station at 6.30 p.m. of the same day. The hon. the Postmaster General could, no doubt, furnish further details of this service.

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Subtopic:   MAGDALEN ISLANDS NEWS SERVICE.
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LIB

Rodolphe Lemieux

Liberal

Air. LEMIEUX.

Perhaps my hon. friend the Postmaster General will state who prepares the letter, and what is the nature of it.

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Subtopic:   MAGDALEN ISLANDS NEWS SERVICE.
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CON

Louis-Philippe Pelletier (Postmaster General)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. PELLETIER.

The letter is not going to be a political letter, if that is what my hon. friend fears. A newspaper man in Quebec will prepare it. It will consist of a summary of the most important events which have taken place during the week, political and otherwise, but will contain nothing from a party point of view. It will be a simple news service for the public at large. The Islands have been for years, as my hon. friend knows, without any means of communication with the outside world for five or six months of the year, and this service is considered to be a boon to them. The news letter will be read to them from the 'pulpits of the Catholic churches every Sunday.

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CIVIL SERVICE ACT AMENDA1ENT.


Mr. PELLETIER moved that the House go into Committee of the Whole to-morrow to consider the following proposed resolution : Resolved, that it is expedient to amend the Civil Service Act by providing that assistant postmasters in post offices in which the postage collections exceed $1,000,000 may be paid a minimum salary of $2,800, with annual increases of $100 up to a maximum salary of $3,500, and that, if the Governor in Council so determines, such provision may be made applicable to assistant postmasters appointed prior to the first day of April, 1912? Alotion agreed to.


THE GRAIN ACT.


House in committee on Bill (No. 32) respecting grain.-Air. Foster (North Toronto). On sec. 123.-Terminal, Public and Hospital elevators.


CON

George Eulas Foster (Minister of Trade and Commerce)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. FOSTER.

(North Toronto) We had some discussion in the committee with reference to clause 123, and several amendments and suggestions were made. As a consequence I have redrafted the clause,

and I will read it to the House as I propose to substitute it for the one in the Bill. The first subsection reads as follows in the old clause:

No person owning, managing, operating or otherwise interested in any terminal elevator shall buy or sell grain at any point in the eastern or western inspection division.

2. Subsection 1 hereof shall not apply to any person who owns, manages, operates or is otherwise interested in any terminal elevator.

That is the same as it is in the old section.

(a) Which, with the approval of the Governor in Council, has been leased to the board for operation, or has been leased to any person for operation with the approval of the board, or is managed and operated by persons approved of by the board;-or

That is in substance the same as the subsection in the old clause.

(b) Which is used or operated in connection with any flour mill situate at the same terminal point as such elevator, provided, however, that such elevator shall be subject to such restrictions and _ regulations as are imposed by the board with the approval of the Governor in Council.

That is the same as in the old clause.

3. Subsection 1 of this section shall not apply to any person by reason only of the fact that he is an owner or holder of stock or shares in a railway company which owns or operates a terminal elevator which does not as a business buy or sell grain.

4. If the person mentioned in subsection 2 hereof owns, manages, operates, or is otherwise interested, in any terminal elevator other than a terminal elevator or elevators coming under the provisions of subsection 2 hereof, he shall not he exempt from the provisions of subsection 1 hereof.

That I think meets the suggestion which was made, and some of the objections which were made, and seems to be a reasonable arrangement as far as I can see.

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Subtopic:   THE GRAIN ACT.
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LIB

George Ewan McCraney

Liberal

Mr. McCRANEY.

Does the section, as it is now framed, meet the objections which were raised by the member for Portage la Prairie (Mr. Meighen) and which impressed some of us on this side of the House ?

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CON

George Eulas Foster (Minister of Trade and Commerce)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. FOSTER.

(North Toronto) I do not just remember at the present time what the objection raised by the member for Portage la Prairie was, but I have had the good offices of that hon. gentleman, in conjunction with the member for Brandon, (Mr. Aikins) in framing this clause. I think I may say that it does meet his views.

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LIB

Frank Oliver

Liberal

Mr. OLIVER.

I think we may take it for granted that subsection 4 as suggested, covers the point that was intended Mr. FOSTER (North Toronto).

to be covered by a part of the amendment that was offered by this side of the House.

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Subtopic:   THE GRAIN ACT.
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CON

George Eulas Foster (Minister of Trade and Commerce)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. FOSTER.

(North Toronto) Yes, that is the intention.

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Subtopic:   THE GRAIN ACT.
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LIB

Frank Oliver

Liberal

Mr. OLIVER.

We may also assume that subsection 3 covers the point that was intended to be covered by a suggestion from this side of the House ?

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Subtopic:   THE GRAIN ACT.
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CON

George Eulas Foster (Minister of Trade and Commerce)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. FOSTER.

(North Toronto) That is correct.

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Subtopic:   THE GRAIN ACT.
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February 29, 1912