March 2, 1932

LIB

Charles A. Stewart

Liberal

Hon. CHARLES STEWART (West Edmonton) :

On a question of privilege, yesterday

in the course of his remarks on the motion then before the house the hon. member for Saskatoon (Mr. MacMillan) made reference to contracts that were entered into by the previous government during the time I was Minister of the Interior and had charge of the department. I notice that these remarks are supported by affidavits by one Mr. Marshall, and a number of names are mentioned which I will not take the time of the house reading. I simply want to state that, so far as my administration of the department was concerned, once in a very great while we had individuals who did not live up to their contracts. This questions the integrity of the officials who were in charge and makes rather grave statements with respect to the matter. It is asserted that the Department of the Interior, over which I presided at that time as minister, must have had some arrangement with the railway company. I desire to deny emphatically that I ever had any arrangement with the Canadian National Railways or anyone else with respect to the sale of ties.

I wish also to deny emphatically that I was aware of the allegations contained in the statement made by the hon. gentleman and to say to him, to the house and to my successor that I hope every assistance will be given towards the carrying on of an investigation. This investigation would have to be conducted by the Saskatchewan government who are now in control of the resources mentioned therein.

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DEBTS DUE TO THE CROWN


Hon. E. N. RHODES (Minister of Finance) moved for leave to introduce Bill No. 25, respecting debts due to the crown. He said: Mr. Speaker, the object of this bill is to secure statutory authority to confirm a practice which has obtained in the past whereby when sums of money are owing to the federal government by provincial governments, municipalities, corporations, public offices, companies or private persons who are entitled to receive sums of money from the government, the Minister of Justice, when he is of the opinion that such a body or individual who may be entitled to receive money Questions



under statutory authority is indebted to the Dominion government, may retain the amount of such indebtedness from the statutory commitment. The effect of this bill will be to take from the department the responsibility which it has hitherto exercised and will place it in the governor in council upon the recommendation of the minister.


LIB

Ernest Lapointe

Liberal

Mr. LAPOINTE:

Will this apply to income tax?

Motion agreed to and bill read the first time.

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QUESTIONS


(Questions answered orally are indicated by an asterisk).


FISHERIES DEPARTMENT-STAFF

LIB

Mr. DUFF:

Liberal

1. What was the number of officials in the fisheries department, employed in the department at Ottawa, previous to the provinces of Ontario, Quebec, Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Alberta taking over certain duties and responsibilities in connection with the fisheries?

2. What was the total amount paid in salaries per year to said officials?

3. What was the number of officials of the headquarters staff of said department at Ottawa in the year 1931?

4. What was the total amount paid in salaries during the year 1931 to said officials?

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CON

Mr. DURANLEAU: (Minister of Fisheries; Minister of Marine)

Conservative (1867-1942)

1. The administration of certain fisheries in Ontario was taken over by the province in 1899, in the mainland portions of Quebec in 1922, and in the prairie provinces in 1930. The number of employees at Ottawa in the fisheries branch of the then Department of Marine and Fisheries in 1899 was forty.

2. $22,772.11.

3. Eighty-two.

4. $151,120.

ministers' automobiles Mr. BRASSET:

1. Were the automobiles that were at the disposal of the ministers of the crown, and the property of the government, sold?

2. If so, to whom and at what price for each respective automobile?

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CON

Edgar Nelson Rhodes (Minister of Finance and Receiver General)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. RHODES:

1 and 2. These automobiles were turned over to the salvage officer, government contracts supervision committee, for disposal, including assignment to departments where automobiles were actually required for public work and where these could be used to advantage instead of purchasing other cars.

No automobile has yet been sold.

[Mr. Rhodes.!

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Subtopic:   FISHERIES DEPARTMENT-STAFF
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RIVIERE DU LOUP-CAMPBELLTON HIGHWAY

LIB

Charles Marcil

Liberal

Mr. MARCIL:

Have any representations been made to the government to utilize that portion of the Quebec highway, extending from Riviere du Loup to Matapedia, Quebec, and Campbellton, New Brunswick, as part of the trans-Canada highway, and has any final decision been reached in the matter?

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Subtopic:   RIVIERE DU LOUP-CAMPBELLTON HIGHWAY
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CON

George Gordon

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. GORDON:

No information.

bonaventure point lighthouse keeper Mr. MARCIL:

1. Has P. B. Bourdages, lighthouse keeper at Bonaventure Point, Quebec, resigned or been dismissed from the service?

2- If so, who was appointed temporarily to fill the position?

3. Has a permanent appointment been made since, and who has been appointed?

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Subtopic:   RIVIERE DU LOUP-CAMPBELLTON HIGHWAY
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CON

Mr. DURANLEAU: (Minister of Fisheries; Minister of Marine)

Conservative (1867-1942)

1. He resigned from the service.

2. Ovide Bourdages from 28th April, 1931, to 14th October, 1931; Jean Napoleon Babin from 15th October, 1931, to 31st December 1931.

3. Yes. Jean Napoleon Babin from 1st January, 1932.

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POST OFFICE DEPARTMENT INQUIRIES, QUEBEC

LIB

Mr. FAFARD:

Liberal

1. How many inquiries were held in the province of Quebec in 1930 and 1931, in connection with the Post Office Department?

2. What was the cost of said inquiries as regards fees and travelling expenses?

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CON

Mr. SAUVE: (Postmaster General)

Conservative (1867-1942)

1. 304.

2. $20,131.03.

BINDER twine Mr. LUCHKOVICH:

1. How much binder twine manufactured in Canada is sold in Argentina, and at what price?

2. What are Canada's imports from Argentina ?

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Subtopic:   POST OFFICE DEPARTMENT INQUIRIES, QUEBEC
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CON

Mr. STEVENS: (Minister of Trade and Commerce)

Conservative (1867-1942)

1. According to Argentina trade returns the imports of binder twine from Canada for the calendar years 1928, 1929 and 1930, were:

Years Kilogs Pesos1928

328,858 105,2351929

453,597 145,1511930

342,515 109,605

Note.-Peso = 96-5 cents.

Kilog := 2-204 pounds.

Average wholesale selling price of binder twine in the Argentine, middle of October:

1928- 6-20 gold pesos per bale of 50 pounds.

1929- 6-45 gold pesos per bale of 5G pounds.

1930- 7 "20 gold pesos per bale of 50 pounds.

Questions

2. Canada's total imports from Argentina for the calendar years 1929, 1930 and 1931, were:

Years 8

1929 9,137.820

1930 7,641,000

1931 3,205,430

Note.-Canada's principal imports from Argentina during the calendar year 1931 were:

Commodity Quantity Value

Com Bush. 3,718,290 SI,545,174Flaxseed Bush. 331,074 308,202Hides, raw cwt. 62,493 589,098Meats

- 603,5(8

walker's cutting, que., post office _

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Subtopic:   POST OFFICE DEPARTMENT INQUIRIES, QUEBEC
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LIB

Wilfrid Girouard

Liberal

Mr. GIROUARD:

What was the revenue of the post office of Walker's Cutting, in the county of Arthabaska, Quebec, for each of the years 1929, 1930, and 1931?

Topic:   QUESTIONS
Subtopic:   POST OFFICE DEPARTMENT INQUIRIES, QUEBEC
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March 2, 1932