February 25, 1925

LIB

Hewitt Bostock (Speaker of the Senate)

Liberal

Mr. SPEAKER:

Is dt the pleasure of the House to adopt the motion?

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?

Some hon. MEMBERS:

Carried.

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?

Some hon. MEMBERS:

Lost.

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LIB

Hewitt Bostock (Speaker of the Senate)

Liberal

Mr. SPEAKER:

In my opinion the nays

have it; I declare the motion lost.

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TORONTO TERMINALS RAILWAY COMPANY


Hon. GEORGE P. GRAHAM (Minister of Railways and Canals) moved that on Tuesday next the House go into committee to consider the following proposed resolution: That it is expedient to amend the provisions of section 6 of the act respecting the Toronto Terminals Railway Company, chapter 70 of the statutes of 1924, whereby the Canadian National Railway Company was authorized to issue bonds, debenture's or other securities to an amount not exceeding seven million dollars, [Mr. Shaw.) in addition to the issue authorized by subsection two of the section enacted thereby; and to provide that such bonds, debentures or other securities may be used,- (a) in the purchase at par of securities issued by the Terminals company not exceeding, together with the securities purchased under the provisions of subsection two, one-half of the total securities to be issued by the Terminals company for the purpose of its undertaking; (b) in defraying the cost of portions of the said viaduct and works, which will not be included in the works to be owned by the terminals company, and will have to be constructed for or by the Canadian National Railway Company itself. He said: His Excellency the Governor General, having been made acquainted with the subject matter of this resolution, recommends it to the favourable consideration of the House. Motion agreed to.


CUSTOMS AND EXCISE


The House in committee of Supply, Mr. Gordon in the chair. Customs and Excise.-salaries and contingent expenses of the several .ports in the Dominion, including pay for overtime of officers, notwithstanding anything in the Civil Service Act-and temporary buildings and rentals, $6,369,235.


LIB

George Newcombe Gordon (Deputy Speaker and Chair of Committees of the Whole of the House of Commons)

Liberal

The CHAIRMAN:

Is it the pleasure of

the committee that this vote be taken item by item?

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CON

Arthur Meighen (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. MEIGHEN:

Mr. Chairman, I certainly think it should be taken item by item. What is the principle in the construction of these estimates? How is it that some departments can lump a whole lot of items together, while others systematically specify each item? Is it just because of the ingenuity of the minister?

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LIB

Jacques Bureau (Minister of Customs and Excise)

Liberal

Hon. JACQUES BUREAU (Minister of Customs and Excise):

Mr. Chairman, I

should not like to claim the fathership of this ingenuity. I have been looking at the estimates for a number of years back, I find it has always been done in this way, and I could see no reason, neither could the officers of the department, why we should change it. This item covers various ports of the Dominion, and we can give any details when required. Everything appears in the Auditor General's report. I suppose the explanation that will be required of this item is the apparent increase of over half a million dollars, from $5,799,561.59 in 1924-25, to $6,366,235. Last-night I was asked if the reorganization in the Department of Customs had taken place. My answer was that it had taken place in the outside service, but not in the inside service. Civil government last night covered the inside service. This item covers the outside

Supply-Customs

service. The explanation of the increase is that an the previous year there was a bonus paid to the employees, they receiving, in addition to their regular salary, a bonus which was not charged to Customs and Excise, but was paid, as I explained last night, by the Finance department. In the reorganization the bonus has been absorbed, and we are paying an amount of $586,223.29. By the reorganization the amount which we have added is not quite as large as the amount which was paid when we paid the bonus. The saving by the absorption of this bonus and the reorganization is the difference between the amount I have just stated, $586,223.29, and $566,673.41.

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PRO

Thomas Wakem Caldwell

Progressive

Mr. CALDWELL:

Was the bonus not included in the $5,799,000 last year, or from what source was it paid?

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LIB

Jacques Bureau (Minister of Customs and Excise)

Liberal

Mr. BUREAU:

By the Finance department. It was not charged to the Customs department.

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PRO

John Wilfred Kennedy

Progressive

Mr. KENNEDY (Glengarry and Stormont) :

What was the amount of the bonus paid last year?

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LIB

Jacques Bureau (Minister of Customs and Excise)

Liberal

Mr. BUREAU:

All but $20,000. The

amount of the increase, as my hon. friend will see, is the amount of salaries paid without bonus; that is, we have absorbed this amount less $20,000, the difference between $586,223.29 and $566,67341.

Mr. CALDWELL How much has been paid in superannuation allowances to those who have retired during the year?

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LIB

Jacques Bureau (Minister of Customs and Excise)

Liberal

Mr. BUREAU:

I promised last night that a list would be brought down of those who were superannuated and retired, showing the amounts they received at the time of their superannuation or retirement. We have the list, but it is not totalled. When it is completed I will lay it on the table.

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PRO

Thomas Wakem Caldwell

Progressive

Mr. CALDWELL:

For the purposes of

comparison it would be useful if this table were inserted in the record at this point.

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LIB

Jacques Bureau (Minister of Customs and Excise)

Liberal

Mr. BUREAU:

It will have to be made

up in a hurry and will be subject to correction.

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February 25, 1925