March 26, 1923

CON

Mr. CHARTERS:

Conservative (1867-1942)

1. What purchases have been made since the present government came into power by the Canadian National Railway or by the Grand Trunk Railway from the Scarfe Varnish Works, Brantford, Ontario ?

2. Were such purchases made after public competition? If so, in what cases?

3. Is the president of this firm the Mr. Reginald Scarfe who is president of the Liberal Association [DOT]at Brantford, Ontario?

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LIB

Hon. Mr. GRAHAM: (Minister of National Defence)

Liberal

1. $14,203.

2. All such purchases are made after public competition.

3. No information; but, in any event, the holding of such a position by the president of the firm would neither help nor hinder the purchases which, quality established, are determined by considerations of price, not politics.

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GRANVILLE ISLAND-TAX

CON

Hon. Mr. STEVENS:

Conservative (1867-1942)

1. Has the Dominion Government been approached by the city council of Vancouver regarding the taxation, by the city, of Granville island?

2. If. so, has any decision been arrived aft find what is it?

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LIB

Ernest Lapointe (Minister of Marine and Fisheries)

Liberal

Hon. Mr. LAPOINTE:

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1. The city council of Vancouver has not directly approached the Dominion government respecting the taxation of Granville island. Representations have been made to the Department of Marine and Fisheries to the effect that Granville island should be taxed for the benefit of the city.

2. Under consideration.

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EXCURSION RAILWAY RATES

CON

Thomas Langton Church

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. CHURCH:

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1. Is it the intention of the government to introduce legislation this session to amend the Railway Act so as to restore cheap, special rate excursion tickets (as was the custom before the war) on such special occasions as public holidays, week-ends, fall fairs, sporting contests, games and conferences?

2. If the government does not propose such legislation this Session, in view of the special and many urgent requests for these special rates last session from numerous fall fair organizations, the Canadian National Exhibition and many sportsmen's organizations and agricultural societies in Canada, will the government or Minister of Railways use their good offices with the railway companies to restore this old and long established custom and practice as to special rates?

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LIB

Hon. Mr. GRAHAM: (Minister of National Defence)

Liberal

1. It is not the intention of the government to introduce such legislation. This must be left to the initiative of the railways, subject to the supervision of the Railway Board in regard to discrimination, etc., as provided by the Railway Act.

2. The government understands that the railways, in 1922, made the following arrangements for specially reduced fares, and is assured that the railways will carefully consider whether it is advisable to make any other special fares along the lines indicated in the question of the hon. member:

Effective July 10, 1922, the Canadian Railways voluntarily put the following reduced fares into effect:

Organized Excursions and Pilgrimages.-100 or more adult fares guaranteed-lowest oneway first class, fare and one-third for the round trip minimum fare 50 cents per adult ticket and 25 cents per child's ticket.

Celebrations, demonstrations, regattas and political meetings-lowest one-way first-class fare and one-half for the round trip-minimum fare 25 cents for adults or children.

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Round trip party fares-10 or more adults travelling together on going trip-one-way first-class fare and one-half for the round trip.

Circuit tour party fares-10 or more adults travelling together for entire trip-seventy-five per cent or one-way first-class fare between stop over points.

Week end fares-two and one-half (2J) cents per mile. From industrial centres to country districts. Good going Saturday and Sunday; return limit Monday.

Larger Agricultural Exhibitions-Lowest one-way first-class fare and one-third for round trip; minimum fare for adults or children 25 cents; Territory-to be agreed upon between interested lines.

Smaller Agricultural Exhibitions and Fall Fairs-Lowest one-way first-class fare and one-third for round trip, minimum fare for adults or children 25 cents. Territory-from points where the lowest one-way first-class fare to place of exhibition does not exceed $3.

DEPARTMENTAL OFFICES-RUGS Mr. COOTE:

During each of the last three years, how many rugs have been purchased for departmental offices and what was the cost of same? *

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PRO

John Warwick King

Progressive

Hon. Mr. KING (Kootenay):

In the fiscal year 1920-21, purchased 36 at a cost of $2,967.95; in 1921-22, 49 at a cost of $5,279.61, including rug for the Privy Council chamber; and in 1922-23, 44 at a cost of $4,113.36.

HON. MR. PUGSLEY, COMMISSIONER Mr. HANSON:

1. Has the Hon. William Pugsley been appointed a commissioner to investigate Canadian claims against Germany and other former enemy countries arising out of the war?

2. If so, when was he appointed, and what are the terms of his appointment, financial and otherwise?

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LIB

Hon. Mr. COPP: (Secretary of State of Canada)

Liberal

1. The Hon. William Pugsley was appointed by Order-in-Couneil dated the 13th March, 1923, a Commissioner under Part I of the Inquiries Act, to investigate and report upon all claims filed with the Department of the Secretary of State, as follows:

(a) Claims of persons residing or carrying on business in Canada who have been subjected to loss and pecuniary damages arising through the destruction of life and property through the illegal warfare of the enemy, and

(b) Claims for damages to which persons residing or carrying on business in Canada, have been subjected for breaches of contracts, which contracts were prevented from being carried out owing to the operation of

the Statutory List of persons in neutral countries with whom such contracts were declared illegal;

for the purpose of determining whether such claims are within the categories referred to in the First Annex to Section I of Part VIII of the Treaty of Peace of Versailles, the fair amount of such claims, and to make such findings as may be of assistance to the government in determining which, if any, of such claims should be paid, and the extent of payment thereof.

Under the said Order-in-Council the said the Hon. William Pugsley was also appointed a Commissioner under the Inquiries Act for the purpose of considering and recommending to the Custodian of Enemy Property releases where the parties are necessitous, suffering and in hardship.

2. No terms of appointment, financial or otherwise have been arranged other than those set out in the Order in Council above referred to.

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CHARTERED BANKS-FARMER SHAREHOLDERS

CON

Mr. BLACK (Yukon):

Conservative (1867-1942)

1. How many of the shareholders of the chartered banks of Canada in each province of Canada in 1922 were farmers ?

2. How many farmers in each province of the Dominion paid Dominion income tax in 1922?

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LIB

William Stevens Fielding (Minister of Finance and Receiver General)

Liberal

Hon. Mr. FIELDING:

I. Persons designated as farmers, ranchers and fruit growers in the returns of shareholders of chartered banks as at December 31, 1922,

numbered as follows:

Alberta 216

British Columbia 93

Manitoba 830

New Brunswick 65

Nova Scotia 245

Ontario 1,188

Prince Edward Island 38

Quebec 465

Saskatchewan 748

Total 3,887

2.

Alberta 1,638

British Columbia 640

Manitoba 3,458

New Brunswick 48

Nova Scotia 198

Ontario 6,138

Prince Edward Island 40

Quebec 150

Saskatchewan 6,560

Yukon 3

Total 18,873

Questions

VANCOUVER TERMINAL ELEVATOR Mr. COOTE:

1. What was the number of bushels of each kind of grain handled by the Terminal elevator at Vancouver in the year 1922?

2. What were the total receipts and expenditures in connection with this elevator in the year 1922?

3. What is the total storage capacity of this elevator?

4. What was the cost of this elevator?

5. When was it completed?

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LIB

Hon. Mr. ROBB: (Minister of Trade and Commerce)

Liberal

1. Stock on hand TotalDec. 31, 1921 Receipts HandlingsWheat .. 822,930 12,085,158 12,908.088Oats .. 410 33,004 33,414Barley .. .. 1,823 1,823Flax .. nil nil nilRye 155,335 155,335Total.. .. .. 823,340 12,275,320 13,098,6602. Total receipts $171,273.02. Total expenditure $73,868.59. 3. 1,250,000 bushels. 4. Capital cost to January 1, 1923, $837,-

351.71.

5. November 30, 1916.

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SOREL POSTMASTERSHIP

CON

Mr. HANSON:

Conservative (1867-1942)

1. Did the position of postmaster at Sorel, Quebec, become vacant in the year 1922 by the death of the incumbent ?

2. How many applications were received for the said position, and what were their names?

3. Were not applications received from three returned soldiers ?

4. If so, why was not the position given to one of them instead of going to J. Edouard Champoux, the present postmaster ?

5. Is he not a brother-in-law of the sitting member for the county of Richelieu?

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LIB

Hon. Mr. COPP: (Secretary of State of Canada)

Liberal

1. Yes.

2. Eight, viz., R. Garceau, R.S., R. Villan-dre, R. S., B. Godin, R. S., J. E. Champoux, J. O. Duhamel, J. E. Rajotte, J. H. Lamothe, L. Forget.

3. Yes. '

4. None of the three returned soldiers were considered qualified under the terms of the Civil Service Act and the Commission's regulations,-Garceau on account of his unfavourable standing in the community; Villandre had been non-resident in Sorel since May, 1920; and Godin had not the necessary education qualifications.

5. No information.

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JEAN BILODEAU

CON

Mr. HANSON:

Conservative (1867-1942)

1. Is Jean Bilodeau, captain on Dredge No. 12, located at Sorel, Quebec?

2. If so, when wTas he appointed?

3. Is this the same Jean Bilodeau who was chief engineer of the dredge Tarte, now known as dredge

No. 7, when one of the boilers exploded causing the death of three of the crew in or about the year 1906?

4. Is it not a fact that at the time of the said explosion, the said Jean Bilodeau only held a fourth class certicate ?

5. Does he hold a captain's certificate?

6. If not, why has he been appointed to his present position?

7. Is it not a fact that the said Jean Bilodeau is one of the chief organizers of the Liberal party in the city of Sorel, P.Q?

8. Did dredge No. 12 sink while operating at Con-trecceur, Quebec, in or about the month of August, 1922, as a result of the gross negligence and incapacity of the said Jean Bilodeau, who was captain in charge at the time?

9. What was the cost of refloating said dredge?

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LIB

Hon. Mr. LAPOINTE: (Minister of Marine and Fisheries)

Liberal

1. Yes.

2 and 3. There is no record in the Department of Marine and Fisheries of the date on which he joined the ship channel service. He was chief engineer on Dredge No. 7 when the service was transferred from the Public Works department on March 11, 1904, and remained in that position until July 28th, 1909, when he was promoted to the position of Foreman of Machine Shop at Sorel. He remained in the latter position until April 24, 1914, when he was retired as the result of charges of political partizanship made against him. He was appointed to his present position on April 24, 1922. There was no boiler explosion in 1906 but there was an explosion in 1903 during which time he was chief engineer.

4. Yes.

5. No.

6. A certificated master is not required on this class of vessel.

7. The Department of Marine and Fisheries has no information.

8. No.

9. The dredge sunk at Sorel when not in operation. The cost of refloating was approximately 812,000.

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March 26, 1923