March 30, 1915

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William Thomas White (Minister of Finance and Receiver General)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. WHITE:

No, that would be the fee charged by brokers on purchasing for the sinking funds in the open market.

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Alexander Kenneth Maclean

Liberal

Mr. MACLEAN :

'It does not cover the case where the Bank of Montreal is acting as Government agent?

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William Thomas White (Minister of Finance and Receiver General)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. WHITE:

It is not paid to the Bank of Montreal. It is the brokerage for the purchase of securities for sinking fund account. .

Removal of foreign and uncurrent coin from circulation, $15,000.

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Alexander Kenneth Maclean

Liberal

Mr. A. K. MACLEAN:

Has the minister any statement to make as to the quantity of foreign coin removed from the country this year? .

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William Thomas White (Minister of Finance and Receiver General)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. WHITE:

The amount exported for the 11 months of the current fiscal year was $1,534,009.16 and the charges paid, $10,951.79. My hon. friend no doubt knows that we have an arrangement with the banks under which, for a small commission and I think the payment of the cost of expressage, we export American silver.

Departments generally-Contingencies-Care and cleaning of Departmental buildings, including amount of $50 each to E. Snowden and W. H. Jeffrey for firing noon gun, $175,000.

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George Perry Graham

Liberal

Mr. GRAHAM:

I suppose that Mr. Snowden and Mr. Jeffrey do not have to pass a civil service examination for firing the gun?

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William Thomas White (Minister of Finance and Receiver General)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. WHITE:

Since the war has broken out it might be advisable to consider whether they should not do so.

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George Perry Graham

Liberal

Mr. GRAHAM:

Their names appearing here would indicate that they did not have to pass an examination.

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William Thomas White (Minister of Finance and Receiver General)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. WHITE:

That is an historic item it has been included for many years

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William Thomas White (Minister of Finance and Receiver General)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. WHITE:

My hon. friend will surmise . that this Government would not spend any money that was not absolutely; necessary. I believe it was necessary to rent the buildings. Of course, my department has charge only of the caretaking after they have been rented.

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Emmanuel Berchmans Devlin

Liberal

Mr. DEVLIN:

My hon. friends, before 1911, condemned the Government then in power for renting additional buildings in the city.

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William Thomas White (Minister of Finance and Receiver General)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. WHITE:

Before I can pass judgment on the merits of the case, I would have to be acquainted with all the facts. .

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William Thomas White (Minister of Finance and Receiver General)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. WHITE:

The Prime Minister would be better qualified to answer that question. I believe the Acting High Commissioner will remain there for some considerable time yet.

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Charles Marcil

Liberal

Mr. MARCIL:

Is the Paris office still under the control of the High Commissioner, oj is it independent? I understood the Paris office had to report by way of London?

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William Thomas White (Minister of Finance and Receiver General)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. WHITE:

I understand that that is not the case now. The Paris office is under the Prime Minister, I think.

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March 30, 1915