June 14, 1917

LIB

Frank Oliver

Liberal

Mr. OLIVER:

The Minister of Railways (Mr. Cochrane) has laid on the Table a report, with blue print, regarding the lifting of rails on the Grand Trunk west of Edmonton. When I spoke on this subject some days ago, I think the hon. gentleman said that he would lay on the Table a similar report in regard to the lifting of rails on the Transcontinental.

Topic:   REMOVAL OF RAILS FOR USE IN FRANCE.
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CON

Francis Cochrane (Minister of Railways and Canals)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. COCHRANE:

I have not got that ready, but expect to have it to-morrow or Monday at latest.

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STRIKE OF BRANTFORD MOULDERS.


On the Orders of the Day:


LIB

Edward Walter Nesbitt

Liberal

Mr. NESBITT:

Is the Minister of Labour (Mr. CrotheTs) aware that a strike of moulders in Brantford has teen on for some days? And has he taken any action in the matter?

Topic:   STRIKE OF BRANTFORD MOULDERS.
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CON

Thomas Wilson Crothers (Minister of Labour)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. CROTHERS:

I heard some days ago that the moulders in Brantford were on strike. The difference between the moulders and the employers arose as to the length of the working day, the question being as to an eight-hour or a ten-hour day. I am not aware whether the matter has been adjusted yet or not.

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LIB

Edward Walter Nesbitt

Liberal

Mr. NESBITT:

Does the hon. minister know that one of his officials had gone to Brantford, or had been spoken to by men in Brantford, and that these men were told by him that the Department of Labour had nothing to do with that kind of matter?

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CON

Thomas Wilson Crothers (Minister of Labour)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. CROTHERS:

I have not heard anything of the sort. No official of my department, so far as I am aware, went to Brantford.

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LABOUR STRIKE IN WESTERN COAL MINES.

LIB

Frank Oliver

Liberal

Mr. OLIVER:

I think the Minister of

Labour said yesterday that he would prob-

ably have some -definite information today in regard to the labour strike in the Alberta oo-al mines.

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CON

Thomas Wilson Crothers (Minister of Labour)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. CROTHERS:

I have received a

message from that district., which contains no definite information, but merely states that the prospects -for adjustment are brighter.

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SUPPLY.


The House in Committee of Supply, Mr. Rainviille in the Chair. Steam service between St. John and ports in Cumberland Basin, $3,000.


LIB
CON

George Eulas Foster (Minister of Trade and Commerce)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Sir GEORGE FOSTER:

$5,000 is the

right amount.

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CON

Herménégilde Boulay

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. BOULAY:

An item was voted last night for the service between Quebec and Gaspe basin. Will tthe minister give us the ports of call in the counties of Rimouski and Matane, where the company is 'bound to make calls, acording to the terms of the contract with the Dominion Government.

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CON

George Eulas Foster (Minister of Trade and Commerce)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Sir GEORGE FOSTER:

The ports of call are Matane, Cape Chatte, Ste. Anne des Monts, Mont Louis, Grande Vallee, Chlory-domes, Fox River, Griffin Cove, L'Anse a Louise, Grande Greve, Dougl-astown, Gaspe Basin, and, at the contractor's option, to extend the route as far -as Paspebiac, calling both way at Malbay, Perce, Cape Cove, Grand River, Newport, and Port Daniel; and at the following places once each round trip, either on the up or down voyage, viz., Ste. Fdlicite, Mechins, Martin River, Claude River, St. Antoine, Magdalen, Petite Valine, points Frigate, pointe Secher, Grand Etang, Anse a Valeau, Pte. Jaune, Little Fox River, Cape Rosier, as well as suchi other port or ports, place or places, en route, as the minister may from time to time direct. I think these are the same as last year.

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CON

Herménégilde Boulay

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. BOULAY:

I understand, they do not stop at Matane or Ste. Felicite, and very seldom at Mechins. They should stop at Matane and Ste. Felicite, because there is no railroad at those points. I do not think the company is fulfilling the conditions on

-which they received their subsidy, and I ask that the minister, before renewing the subsidy another year, should compel them to fulfil their obligation. I should like to know, also, if the Government has control ove-r the freight rates on those steamers, because we had complaints from the people along the coast that they Charge very high *rates, which complaints, I think, are well founded. The subsidy is granted to those companies to enable them to carry freight .at a moderate rate, to points where there is no railroad service. If the Government has control of the rates, they can redress the grievance.

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CON

George Eulas Foster (Minister of Trade and Commerce)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Sir GEORGE FOSTER:

Every steamship company which is subsidized is under contract to perform certain services; otherwise they are subject to a reduction- of the amount paid them. Generally; we hear from places which are not touched at and we take the matter up. If there be any reason -why steamers have not called at these places the steamship company is given an opportunity to explain. The weather might not permit of their calling, or there might be some other Teason. The freight rates are controlled. The -company must file its schedule of rates, and is obliged to follow that schedule, and rates cannot be increased without the permission of the department. The subsidy is given for the encouragement of the service, and is not simply to take the place of freight rates, which have to be paid in any event. During the last two years costs and charges have gone up, -as my hon. friend knows, so that, in most of these cases, demands have been made for a certain -rise in the rates of freight. The demand was taken up by the officers of the department, and reported upon; the department fixes what it considers to be a fair rate, and refuses to sanction -any rate that is considered unfair. In some cases a partial increase is granted.

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June 14, 1917