February 24, 1927

ACQUISITION OP QUEBEC-SAGUENAY LINE

LIB

Georges Parent

Liberal

Mr. PARENT:

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1. What is the amount paid for the acquisition of the railway commonly known as Quebec Saguenay line?

2. How much has been spent for the completion of said railway?

3. On what date was said line taken over?

4. What is the total revenue from the operation of said railway for the last fiscal year?

5. What is the cost of maintenance and of operation of said line?

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Subtopic:   ACQUISITION OP QUEBEC-SAGUENAY LINE
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LIB

Hon. Mr. DUNNING: (Minister of Railways and Canals)

Liberal

1. $3,489,313.53. See page XIX of annual report of Department of Railways and Canals for the fiscal year to March 31, 1919.

32649-381 ' f ,

2. Cost to complete railway and additions and betterments to December 31, 1926, $4,332,996.60. Total cost, $7,822,310.13.

3. March 4, 1919.

4. $105,775.93.

5. $278,592.88.

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Subtopic:   ACQUISITION OP QUEBEC-SAGUENAY LINE
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PELEE ISLAND MAIL SERVICE

CON

Mr. GOTT:

Conservative (1867-1942)

1. To whom was the contract let for the mail service for Pelee Island, Ontario, for the winter season of 1926-27?

2. What was the contract price?

3. How was the contract let?

4. Has the government ever considered aeroplane service for Pelee island for the winter months?

5. Have representations ever been made to the department or government for aeroplane-service for Pelee island for the winter season?

6. If so, by whom, and what reply was given, what assurance or response made?

7. Does the government think that it would be m the interests of the people of Pelee island to institute aeroplane service between Pelee island and the mainland during the winter season, and will they consider seriously the institution of same commencing December 1, 1927, and continuing until March 31, 1928, as an experiment to eliminate the dangerous and almost impassable service rendered by the mail boats?

Hon, Mr. RINFRET:

1. Guy McCormick.

2. $1,600 per annum.

3. By public tender.

4. No.

5. No information.

6. No information.

7. No information.

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Subtopic:   PELEE ISLAND MAIL SERVICE
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REDUCTION OF CUSTOMS DUTIES ON ALCOHOL

CON

Mr. KAISER:

Conservative (1867-1942)

1. Has the government received any request or communications from the legislatures of various provinces or from any one acting on their behalf, in regard to a reduction in the excise and customs duties on alcohol or alcoholic beverages?

2. If so, from which of the provinces and what is the nature of such request?

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Subtopic:   REDUCTION OF CUSTOMS DUTIES ON ALCOHOL
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LIB

James Alexander Robb (Minister of Finance and Receiver General)

Liberal

Hon. Mr. ROBB:

Answering on behalf of

the Department of Finance, a letter has been received by the Minister of Finance from the premier of one province marked by the sender " private and confidential."

Question No. 2 is answered by No. 1.

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Subtopic:   REDUCTION OF CUSTOMS DUTIES ON ALCOHOL
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TARIFF BOARD REPORTS

LAB

Herbert Bealey Adshead

Labour

Mr. ADSHEAD:

On what cases have the tariff board rendered their reports to the government?

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Subtopic:   TARIFF BOARD REPORTS
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LIB

James Alexander Robb (Minister of Finance and Receiver General)

Liberal

Hon. Mr. ROBB:

Reports have been made to the Minister of Finance on the following:

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Solway flake calcium chloride for removal of duty. (By General Construction Material Company, Limited, 394 St. James street, Montreal.)

Pumps and pump parts for reduction of duty. (By Ames-Baker,. Limited, Brandon, Manitoba.)

Player piano music rolls for tariff adjustment. (By Q.R.S. Music Company, Canada, Ltd., through Mr. A. G. Slaght, K.C.)

Nail keg cooperage for tariff adjustment. (By Cooperage Company of Canada, Ltd., Hamilton, Ont.)

Epsom salts for relief by customs duty or bounty. (By H. B. Callander, Basque Chemical Production Co., Ltd., Ottawa.)

Gabardines for rebate of duty paid on gabardines for the making of shower-proof garments. (By Fels Limited, Montreal.)

Invalids' wheel chairs for removal of duty or reduction. (By Mrs. Annie Chapman, Prince Albert, Saskatchewan.)

Invert sugar (Nulomoline) for increase in duty. (By W. P. Downey, Limited, Montreal.)

Oil tops for decrease in duty. (By Artie Refineries, Ltd., Lethbridge, Alberta.)

Objects of art for readjustment of tariff. (By trustees of the National Gallery of Canada.)

Tin for amendment. (By J. E. A. Dubuc, M.P.)

Tops for gloves for reduction of duty. (By Price, Paterson, Limited, Vancouver, B.C.)

Foxes and canaries for breeding purposes for removal of duty. (By H. S. Tibbs, Clyde hotel, 185 King street, east, Toronto.)

This completes the list which the department has received.

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Subtopic:   TARIFF BOARD REPORTS
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RIDEAU CANAL-RETAINING WALL

CON

Mr. GARLAND (Carleton):

Conservative (1867-1942)

1. Has the government started work on the retaining wall on the Rideau canal, at Ottawa?

2. If so, when?

3. What qualifications and recommendations are necessary for a labouring man to secure employment on this work?

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Subtopic:   RIDEAU CANAL-RETAINING WALL
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LIB

Hon. Mr. DUNNING: (Minister of Railways and Canals)

Liberal

1. Yes.

2. 21st February last.

3. (a) Qualifications: physically fit and

competent for the class of labour hired for, as judged by the superintending engineer in charge.

(b) Recommendations: those of the representatives of 'the federal electoral district where work is carried out.

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Subtopic:   RIDEAU CANAL-RETAINING WALL
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SALES TAX-REVENUE

CON

Sir GEORGE PERLEY:

Conservative (1867-1942)

1. What -was the revenue from the sales tax in the fiscal year 1925-26?

2. What is it estimated to be for the current fiscal year ?

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Subtopic:   SALES TAX-REVENUE
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LIB

Hon. Mr. EULER: (Minister of Customs and Excise)

Liberal

1. $74,025,093.31.

2. This department has no estimate made of the' sales taxes for the current fiscal year, but the collections for ten months ended January 31st, 1927, were $63,713,767.21.

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Subtopic:   SALES TAX-REVENUE
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THE ROYAL MINT

LIB

Mr. YOUNG (Saskatoon):

Liberal

1. Is the Royal Mint at Ottawa exclusively owned, controlled and operated by the federal government ?

2. If not, is it owned, controlled and operated by the British government?

3. If not, is it jointly owned, controlled, and operated by the federal government and the British government?

4. If owned, controlled and operated, either wholly or partially by the British government, under what terms and conditions?

5. If not exclusively owned, controlled and operated under the jurisdiction of the federal government, is it the opinion of the present government that the time is opportune for such exclusive ownership, control and operation?

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Subtopic:   THE ROYAL MINT
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LIB

James Alexander Robb (Minister of Finance and Receiver General)

Liberal

Hon. Mr. ROBB:

1-4. The Ottawa Mint was established as a branch of His Majesty's Royal Mint by proclamation published in the Canada Gazette of December 21st, 1907. Its operations are conducted under the Master of the Royal Mint, subject to the provisions of the proclamation under which the governor-in-council of Canada regulates the mint's .operations in various respects including the determination of the coins to be struck for the Canadian currency.

The mint building and equipment are the property of the government of Canada. The mint's operations are financed from the Dominion treasury. Its expenses are borne by Canada and its earnings are paid into the Consolidated Revenue Fund of Canada.

5. The matter has not been considered by the present government.

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Subtopic:   THE ROYAL MINT
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February 24, 1927