June 14, 1917

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CON

George Eulas Foster (Minister of Trade and Commerce)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Sir GEORGE FOSTER:

Yes. Since the middle of May we have had no further representations in the matter. Of course, my department simply lends its good offices towards facilitating the supply.

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CON
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Frank Oliver

Liberal

Mr. OLIVER:

My correspondent stated that the raw material for binder twine was being held up at ocean ports.

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George Eulas Foster (Minister of Trade and Commerce)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Sir GEORGE FOSTER:

The trouble arose at Seattle. Supplies came in there, but a railway embargo consequent upon the congestion of freight and the lack of cars prevented its quick transport to the factory. I have made inquiries to find where the trouble was but have not yet received definite information. My impression is that the embargo was put on in the United States rather than on our side, and also that the embargo militated against the reception of that material in the binder twine factories

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in the United States, and the lack of supply of raw material caused a lack of output.

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George Eulas Foster (Minister of Trade and Commerce)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Sir GEORGE FOSTER:

I think it has been lifted. These embargoes are matters which each railway manages for itself, and, of course, we have no jurisdiction over them. Such embargoes are of limited length and are designed to facilitate the movement of some special goods, or to prevent congestion. With our own railways we communicate with them and ask them to facilitate the transport in urgent cases, and this they always try to do.

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Frank Oliver

Liberal

Mr. OLIVER:

Seattle is a common point for our railways, -as it is for the railways of the United States. I hope the minister will take measures to find out if the material is still there-

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George Eulas Foster (Minister of Trade and Commerce)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Sir GEORGE FOSTER:

My impression is that the embargo has been lifted.

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Frank Oliver

Liberal

Mr. OLIVER:

-and if it is still there I think some suggestion should be made to the railways to 'bring it forward. For, while we may not have an over-abundant crop, yet it is early in the season, and we may have a crop so large as to call for a large quantity of binder twine, and in that case it would be a calamity if the raw material were not brought forward so that it could be worked up.

Salaries and contingencies, under the Cullers Act, including an amount of $1,800 for superannuated cullers, $8,500.

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George Eulas Foster (Minister of Trade and Commerce)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Sir GEORGE FOSTER:

It is the remnant of an old service in Quebec, which is constantly diminishing and, in the course of a few years, will pass away. A large part of the amount is for the superannuation of the officers.

To provide for the construction, acquisition, leasing or expropriation of terminal elevators, (revote), $8X0,000.

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George Eulas Foster (Minister of Trade and Commerce)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Sir GEORGE FOSTER:

It would not be quite right to say that none of it was used, but very little comparatively. The chief item under this vote was to provide for an elevator to be erected at Hudson Bay. It was not gone on with last year, and is not being gone on with this year, further than to complete the foundation.

.Mr. NESBITT: Better do without the

foundation; just let the thing stop.

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George Eulas Foster (Minister of Trade and Commerce)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Sir GEORGE FOSTER:

The foundation

of the elevator is part of the dock which is being built. It is, of course, economical and wise to prepare this foundation while the work of construction is going on.

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George Eulas Foster (Minister of Trade and Commerce)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Sir GEORGE FOSTER:

About 1,300,000

or 1,400,000 bushels, divided between warehouse and storage, the large part storage. The other expenditures were for the completion of other elevators in such matters as trackage, additional machinery for cleaning, and other items which are counted part of the expenditures on the original construction. We have now five of these elevators, which in cost and capacity are as follows-giving round numbers:

Capital Capacity,

Place. Cost. Bus.Port Arthur

$1,407,000 3,250,000Saskatoon

1,129,000 3,500,000Moosejaw

1,314,000 3,500,000Calgary

872,000 2,500,000Vancouver

752,000 1,250,000

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Edward Walter Nesbitt

Liberal

Mr. NESBITT:

I quite agree that, if the Government is going to build an elevator at Hudson Bay, the minister is very wise in preparing the foundation in connection with the construction of the dock, but I appeal to him to do without both the dock and the elevator.

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George Eulas Foster (Minister of Trade and Commerce)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Sir GEORGE FOSTER:

Talk to your

neighbour on the left (Mr. Oliver) and find put what he says.

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June 14, 1917