April 8, 1926

CON

Richard Burpee Hanson

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. HANSON:

Where are the two plants in New Brunswick located, and when were the grants given them?

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LIB

William Richard Motherwell (Minister of Agriculture)

Liberal

Mr. MOTHERWELL:

While my deputy

is looking up that information I may anticipate a question which will likely be asked in reference to Halifax. I have had a number of communications from hon. members from Nova Scotia and I may point out here that this vote is not sufficient to take care of the project which they have in view for Halifax. From what I can gather from the correspondence I have had with hon. members, including my hon. friend from Halifax (Mr. Black), I think that what they have in mind is something substantial, not perhaps as large as the establishment at Montreal, but a plant which will be handled by the harbour board, if there is such an institution in Halifax. Obviously this vote could not meet the requirements of a large port enterprise such as the one we have at Montreal.

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CON

Harry Bernard Short

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. SHORT:

At what point in Nova

Scotia are the plants operating?

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LIB

William Richard Motherwell (Minister of Agriculture)

Liberal

Mr. MOTHERWELL:

Certain large enterprises do not come under this vote, and I referred to Halifax merely to point out that any considerable project which might be anticipated there could not be taken care of by such a vote as this.

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CON

Robert Rogers

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. ROGERS:

Harbour proposals do not

come under this vote?

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LIB

William Richard Motherwell (Minister of Agriculture)

Liberal

Mr. MOTHERWELL:

No.

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CON

James Dew Chaplin

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. CHAPLIN (Lincoln):

How much was spent of last year's estimate of $70,000?

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LIB

William Richard Motherwell (Minister of Agriculture)

Liberal

Mr. MOTHERWELL:

About *30,000 in round figures, to meet payments on contracts already entered into.

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CON

James Dew Chaplin

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. CHAPLIN (Lincoln):

What explains

the decrease?

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LIB

William Richard Motherwell (Minister of Agriculture)

Liberal

Mr. MOTHERWELL:

We usually have

certain votes in the supplementaries. After the House has met and spring comes and we have a fair idea of the prospect of the fruit crop we generally include a vote in the supplementary estimates for fruit-cooling establishments which have been receiving assistance in British Columbia. The extra $40,000 was in the supplementaries last year.

Replying to the hon. member for York-Sunbury, the cold storage plants in New Brunswick are located as follows: the New Brunswick Cold Storage Company, at St. John, total subsidy granted, $50,100; Imperial Products Company, Limited, Woodstock, subsidy granted, $7,673.

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CON

James Dew Chaplin

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. CHAPLIN (Lincoln):

Do I understand the minister to say that none of this supplementary estimate was spent?

Supply-Agriculture

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LIB

William Richard Motherwell (Minister of Agriculture)

Liberal

Mr. MOTHERWELL:

Practically none.

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CON

James Dew Chaplin

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. CHAPLIN (Lincoln):

The minister

admits that he brought down a supplementary estimate at the end of the session and did not spend any of it?

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LIB

William Richard Motherwell (Minister of Agriculture)

Liberal

Mr. MOTHERWELL:

Yes. It was thought that a number of the fruit districts would be able to enter into this co-operative plan, but on account of the bad fruit season they were unable to do so. In British Columbia-I have particular reference to the vicinity of Nelson-the fruit men there expected to be able to raise their part of the expenditure, because it must be remembered that this amount represents only thirty per cent of the expenditure, the fruit growers putting up the other seventy per cent, but after the estimates were passed it was found that the fruit growers at Nelson and elsewhere were not able to take advantage of it because of the poor fruit crop of last year, due to the previous bad winter season, which affected the trees very adversely. In the town of Vernon we could have expended some money, but their fruit crop was also away off in quantity, and there was also some difference of opinion between the town of Vernon and Kelowna as to which should get assistance. Strong representations were made to us from Kelowna that we should supplement what we had already given them the year before, which was $20,000, for an addition to their packing plant and pre-cooling facilities, but there was a difference of opinion between them and the fruit men who had made the representations in the first instance, and the result was that the money was not expended in either place. I have been in correspondence with the member for Yale (Mr. Stirling) who has taken an active interest in this matter, and I have assured him that after the spring season has opened and we have a fair idea of what the fruit prospects will be, it is quite possible that we may have to add to this a little in the sup-plementaries to take care of a possible expenditure in either Kelowna or Vernon.

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CON

George Reginald Geary

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. GEARY:

Did the minister say the

federal government paid 30 or 15 per cent?

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LIB

William Richard Motherwell (Minister of Agriculture)

Liberal

Mr. MOTHERWELL:

Thirty per cent.

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CON

George Reginald Geary

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. GEARY:

Did it not use to be 15 per

cent?

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LIB

William Richard Motherwell (Minister of Agriculture)

Liberal

Mr. MOTHERWELL:

No, it was always

30 per cent.

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CON

George Reginald Geary

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. GEARY:

The Auditor General's report speaks as though in 1924-1925 it was 15 per cent. I

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LIB

William Richard Motherwell (Minister of Agriculture)

Liberal

Mr. MOTHERWELL:

It is spread out in instalments, the first payment being 15 per cent, and then so much more as the work proceeds.

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April 8, 1926