June 4, 1921

UNION

John Dowsley Reid (Minister of Railways and Canals)

Unionist

Hon. Mr. REID:

Five hundred miles of railway track was lifted, of which three hundred came from the Transcontinental, between Moncton and Winnipeg, and two hundred from the Grand Trunk Pacific in the mountain section. These rails were shipped to France, and the British Government has paid all out-of-pocket expenses. The balance due is under investigation; we have not yet received settlement.

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James Alexander Robb

Laurier Liberal

Mr. ROBB:

What does the minister mean by out-of-pocket expenses? Does he mean cost of transportation, apart from the cost of the material?

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UNION

John Dowsley Reid (Minister of Railways and Canals)

Unionist

Mr. REID:

The material has not yet been paid for.

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UNI L

William Stevens Fielding

Unionist (Liberal)

Mr. FIELDING:

Will the minister inform me what has been done in regard to certain fire claims in the county of Shelburne which I have brought to his attention?

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UNION

John Dowsley Reid (Minister of Railways and Canals)

Unionist

Hon. Mr. REID:

This is a claim for damages caused by fire, and is made by a Mr. MacMillan. The claim has not yet been paid. The file shows that correspondence was had up to May 7, of this year. The management take the ground that the evidence is not sufficient to justify their paying the claim. They say that the evidence is only circumstantial, and their solicitor, so far, has not felt that they would be justified in settling the claim. However, I do not feel that I should say more than that at the present time.

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William Stevens Fielding

Unionist (Liberal)

Mr. FIELDING:

My impression of the matter was that the claim' had not been denied, but that the railway company-because the theory is that it is still a company-.could not pay more than $5,000. I think it was represented to me that they are prepared to pay $5,000 into court, and leave the matter to the judgment of the court. Of course, I quite realize that at this moment we cannot go very much into the details of the matter. I should like to ask the minister also concerning a matter that was brought up at the close of last session regarding the purchase of the Lot-biniere and Megantic railway. It was stated that the Government had agreed to pay $330,000. The minister informed me that the money had not been paid, and that before it was paid, he would see that a proper inquiry was made to ascertain whether the Government would be justified in paying the money. What report has the minister had on the subject?

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UNION

John Dowsley Reid (Minister of Railways and Canals)

Unionist

Hon. Mr. REID:

My deputy was here

when the matter was first brought up,

and I gave him instructions to look into it. He assured me that we were justified' in paying the amount, which was accepted as a fair value.

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UNI L

William Stevens Fielding

Unionist (Liberal)

Mr. FIELDING:

The money has been paid?

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UNION

John Dowsley Reid (Minister of Railways and Canals)

Unionist

Hon. Mr. REID:

Yes.

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UNI L

William Stevens Fielding

Unionist (Liberal)

Mr. FIELDING:

There was no judgment of the Exchequer Court?

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UNION

John Dowsley Reid (Minister of Railways and Canals)

Unionist

Hon. Mr. REID:

No.

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William Stevens Fielding

Unionist (Liberal)

Mr. FIELDING:

And evidently there was no report from officials of the department. One wonders-if there is any longer room for wonder-on what basis it was decided that the price was fair.

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UNION

Hugh Boulton Morphy

Unionist

Mr. MORPHY:

I would call the attention of the minister to the lack of train connection at Toronto on the arrival of the train leaving Ottawa at night for Toronto on the Canadian National railway. The Grand Trunk trains for western Ontario leave a short time before the arrival of the Canadian National Railway train from Ottawa. In this way passengers for western Ontario lose a day which they would save if arrangements for connection were made. I trust that the mention of this matter in Hansard will reach the management of the Canadian National railways and that these complaints will be considered and some remedy provided.

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Daniel Duncan McKenzie

Laurier Liberal

Mr. McKENZIE:

Reports come to me from that section of the Intercolonial between Point Tupper and Sydney in regard to the condition of fences. It is said that the railway fences in this 90 miles of line have been allowed to fall into a bad state, and the farmers are in danger of having their cattle killed. I trust that the minister will bring this matter to the attention of the proper authorities for necessary action.

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UNION

John Dowsley Reid (Minister of Railways and Canals)

Unionist

Hon. Mr. REID:

I will look into it.

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LIB

William Lyon Mackenzie King (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Liberal

Mr. MACKENZIE KING:

I notice, in looking through Hansard, that last night the minister is reported as having said, in reference to some of these items, that there was an agreement between the Prime Minister and myself that they would pass. My hon. friend must have 'been misinformed. At no time did the Prime Minister speak to me in regard to the Estimates, nor did I speak to him. There was no understanding of any kind between us.

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UNION

John Dowsley Reid (Minister of Railways and Canals)

Unionist

Hon. Mr. REID:

I understood from the Prime Minister that the non-contentious items were to be passed, and it was my impression that there was an agreement

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to that effect with the leader of the Opposition. However, I must accept my hon. friend's statement. The error was mine, and I apologize to him for having made the statement.


CON

George Green Foster

Conservative (1867-1942)

Sir GEORGE FOSTER:

You got the

items through.

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June 4, 1921