May 26, 1919

UNION

Samuel Hughes

Unionist

Sir SAM HUGHES:

Is there not a line

running from Andover to Centreville now?

Topic:   QUESTIONS PASSED AS ORDERS FOR RETURNS.
Subtopic:   ST. JOHN AND QUEBEC RAILWAY.
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UNI L

Frank Broadstreet Carvell (Minister of Public Works)

Unionist (Liberal)

Mr. CARVELL:

No.

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L LIB

Rodolphe Lemieux

Laurier Liberal

Mr. LEMIEUX:

What amount has been paid by the Dominion Government towards the -construction of this road?

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Subtopic:   ST. JOHN AND QUEBEC RAILWAY.
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UNION

John Dowsley Reid (Minister of Railways and Canals)

Unionist

Mr. J. D. REID:

The usual subsidy.

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L LIB

Rodolphe Lemieux

Laurier Liberal

Mr. LEMIEUX:

No guarantee of bonds?

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UNION

John Dowsley Reid (Minister of Railways and Canals)

Unionist

Mr. J. D. REID:

No, the bonds were guaranted by the New Brunswick Government.

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L LIB

John Howard Sinclair

Laurier Liberal

Mr. J. H. SINCLAIR:

Have there been any net earnings since the road was in operation?

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UNION

John Dowsley Reid (Minister of Railways and Canals)

Unionist

Mr. J. D. REID:

I do not think the 60 -per cent would pay the operating expenses, nor the 40 per cent the interest on the bonds.

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L LIB

Frank S. Cahill

Laurier Liberal

Mr. CAHILL:

About how much of a loss will this mean to the Dominion treasury?

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UNION

John Dowsley Reid (Minister of Railways and Canals)

Unionist

Mr. J. D. REID:

I think I gave a statement some time ago of the earnings of each part of the Canadian National Railway system, but if not, I can give the figures for this particular line when my Estimates are up. The loss is not very great to the Dominion Government. The 40 per cent does not come near paying the interest on

the bonds, but, of course, the provincial Government must stand that loss.

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L LIB

Frank S. Cahill

Laurier Liberal

Mr. CAHILL:

Does the agreement oi

1911 include the extension that is asked for now?

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Subtopic:   ST. JOHN AND QUEBEC RAILWAY.
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UNION

John Dowsley Reid (Minister of Railways and Canals)

Unionist

Mr. J. D. REID:

The Act that we have already passed covered all this, and in addition 25 miles from Grand Falls.

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Section agreed to. Bill reported the third time and passed. At this point the Right Hon. Sir Robert Borden, Prime Minister, and Hon. Arthur L. Sifton, Minister of the Interior, entered the Chamber for the first time since their arrival home from the Peace Conference. The hon. members of the House rose in their places and cheered.


HALIFAX HARBOUR MASTER.


On the motion of Hon. Mr. Ballantyne (Minister of Marine) Bill No. 119, to amend the Act respecting the appointment of a harbour master at the port of Halifax, was read a second time and the House went into Committee on the Bill-Mr. Boivin in the Chair. On section 1-maximum remuneration of harbour master increased from $1,800 to $3,000; to be retained out of fees collected. On section 2-harbour master's fees increased : rates of fees:


L LIB

Rodolphe Lemieux

Laurier Liberal

Mr. LEMIEUX:

Will the minister explain on what basis this schedule is prepared?

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Subtopic:   HALIFAX HARBOUR MASTER.
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UNION

Charles Colquhoun Ballantyne (Minister of Marine and Fisheries; Minister of the Naval Service)

Unionist

Mr. BALLANTYNE:

The object of this Bill is to enable the harbour master for the port of Halifax to receive a greater remuneration than he is receiving at the present time, namely $1,800 per year. His salary is paid him according to the fees that he can collect from vessels entering the harbour. This Bill provides that he may receive a larger remuneration than $1,800 a year but not more than a maximum of $3,000. The old Act was passed in 1885. When we consider the high cost of living to-day and the fact that the harbour master has to pay boat hire, I am sure hon. members will agree that $1,800 is not a sufficient remuneration for him especially in view of the fact that at other large ports the harbour masters are receiving as high as $5,000 a year. The object of this Bill is to enable the harbour master to increase the salary he is now drawing and also to increase the fees levied against ships.

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L LIB

Daniel Duncan McKenzie (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Laurier Liberal

Mr. McKENZIE:

Has there 'been a proportionate increase in these fees? Wages have only gone up a little more than one-third and there should not be morh than a corresponding increase in the fees exacted from ships.

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UNION

Charles Colquhoun Ballantyne (Minister of Marine and Fisheries; Minister of the Naval Service)

Unionist

Mr. BALLANTYNE:

The increase that

the Bill provides for is a very small one. We propose to increase the fee for every ship over 1,000 tons register from $5 to $7. As I explained when this matter was before the Committee on Wednesday evening I do not think the harbour master will get more than $2,000 or $2,500 a year. If we do not increase the fee from $5 to $7 the harbour master will continue to receive the same meagre salary of $1,800 that he received in 1885. It is only a reasonable proposition that this small change in the fees should be allowed and that the harbour master, if he collects $2,000, or $2,500, or even the maximum of $3,000, should be allowed to keep this himself.

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Subtopic:   HALIFAX HARBOUR MASTER.
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UNION

Samuel Hughes

Unionist

Sir SAM HUGHES:

I cannot understand why you are limiting the salary of this officer to the meagre pittance that he is being given here. I imagine some of his clerks will be receiving more than $1,800 a year and if he is worth anything why not give him a straight salary or give him a sufficient proportion of the fees to ensure him a proper income. No apology is required for giving this officer a larger remuneration.

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Subtopic:   HALIFAX HARBOUR MASTER.
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May 26, 1919