March 13, 1933

LIB

Mr. HANSON (Skeena):

Liberal

1. How many radio licences were issued in the Skeena electoral riding, British Columbia, in the years 1931-32?

2. Who is the radio supervisor for said riding and vdien was he appointed?

3. What salary or other remuneration did the radio supervisor receive in 1931-32-33?

4. What is the official duty of the radio supervisor ?

Topic:   QUESTIONS
Subtopic:   RADIO COMMISSION
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CON

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

Conservative (1867-1942)

1. Fiscal year 1931-32, 1,059; fiscal year 1932-33, 1,058 (ten months).

2. A. J. Matheson, Prince Rupert, B.C.; 21st October, 1932.

3. No salary; commission of ten cents for each licence sold under the house-to-house canvass.

4. To supervise the house-to-house sale of radio receiving licences in his district.

Topic:   QUESTIONS
Subtopic:   RADIO COMMISSION
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*BEAUHARNOIS POWER PROJECT

UFA

Mr. GARLAND (Bow River):

United Farmers of Alberta

1. Is the government aware of the attempts of Mr. B. Cb Sweezey and his associates acting on behalf of the Beauharnois enterprise, to sell power to United States interests?

2. Have any representations been made to the government by the Beauharnois interests or by Mr. K. O. Sweezey, for permission to export power to the United States?

3. If so, what action does the government propose to take?

4. Does the government propose to have the question of the ownership of the Beauharnois power settled by reference to the privy council?

5. Is the government aware of an offer for the Beauharnois enterprise made in September, 1931, by the Montreal Light, Heat and Power Company, consolidated ?

6. If so, will the government table the said offer and any correspondence in connection therewith?

Topic:   QUESTIONS
Subtopic:   *BEAUHARNOIS POWER PROJECT
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CON

Richard Bedford Bennett (Prime Minister; President of the Privy Council; Secretary of State for External Affairs)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. BENNETT:

These questions are difficult to answer. As to the first, no formal request has been made to the government with respect to the sale or export of power, but Mr. Sweezey, in the course of conversations, and other people as well, I fancy connected with the enterprise, have made the statement that they thought electrical energy could be sold in the United States. Therefore to answer "yes" or "no" would be difficult.

No formal permission to export power has been given, nor has any request been made formally for permission to export power to the United States. In any event the provisions of provincial statutes preclude the possibility of it being conveyed across highways or public places. Neither this, nor any government as far as I know, is in the habit of stating policy in respect of matters before the conditions necessitating the question of jurisdiction arise.

As to the fourth question, the government does not propose at the present time to submit the question to the privy council.

To the question relating to the Montreal Light, Heat and Power Company, the answer is much more difficult. There were statements made from time to time, but the correspondence that was brought down at the last session clearly indicates the extent to which they assumed any definite form, as to the possibility of the Montreal Light, Heat and Power Company taking over the Beauharnois enterprise in September, 1931. In view of the fact that from time to time all the correspondence of importance has been tabled and that the motion that stands in the hon. gentleman's name asks that the balance of the correspondence be brought down, I do not think I can answer the question except in the manner indicated.

Questions as Orders jor Returns

Topic:   QUESTIONS
Subtopic:   *BEAUHARNOIS POWER PROJECT
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PATENT RECORD

LIB

Ian Alistair Mackenzie

Liberal

Mr. MACKENZIE (Vancouver Centre):

What was the total cost of publishing the Patent Record, including printing, cost of cuts, binding, and other details, for the fiscal years ending March 31, 1931, and March 31, 1932?

Topic:   QUESTIONS
Subtopic:   PATENT RECORD
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CON

Charles Hazlitt Cahan (Secretary of State of Canada)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. CAHAN:

835,000 for each of the said fiscal years.

Topic:   QUESTIONS
Subtopic:   PATENT RECORD
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OLD AGE PENSIONS ACT-QUEBEC

CON

Joseph-François Laflèche

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. LAFLECHE:

Has any correspondence been exchanged between the government of the province of Quebec and the federal government concerning the extension of the provisions of the Old Age Pensions Act to the province of Quebec.

Topic:   QUESTIONS
Subtopic:   OLD AGE PENSIONS ACT-QUEBEC
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CON

GOLD RESERVES, DOMINION NOTES AND DEBTS

LIB

Mr. BRADETTE:

Liberal

1. What are the latest available figures in dollars of the gold reserves held by the Dominion of Canada?

2. What is the amount of dominion notes issued and in circulation on the basis of the said gold reserves?

3. What is the total amount of debts contracted by (a) the Dominion of Canada; (b) each province of the confederation; (c) the municipal corporations, or public utilities commissions not included in above; (d) the total amount of debts contracted by private persons on mortgages or otherwise as per nearest available estimates or figures?

4. What is the amount of gold reserves held by all and every chartered bank or trust company in Canada?

5. What is the amount of paper money or bank notes issued by each and every chartered bank or trust company which is or are by law authorized to issue and circulate paper money in Canada?

6. What is the percentage or ratio of paper money issued and circulated or intended for circulation in the Dominion of Canada by those authorized to do so compared with the gold coverage thereof ?

Topic:   QUESTIONS
Subtopic:   GOLD RESERVES, DOMINION NOTES AND DEBTS
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CON

Edgar Nelson Rhodes (Minister of Finance and Receiver General)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. RHODES:

1 and 2. As of February 28, 1933, total amount of dominion notes in circulation was $175,701,103.19. These notes were issued under authority of the following statutes:

Chap. 4, 1915 $ 26,000,000 00

Finance Act, chap. 70, R.S.

1927 41,944,000 00

Dominion Notes Act, chap.

41, RjS. 1927 107,757,103 19

Total gold held against dominion note issue was $70,348,325.60, including $12,500,000 against the first $50,000,000 of dominion notes issued, $57,757,103.19 representing full coverage against notes issued in excess of $50,000,000 under chap. 41, RjS. 1927, and $91,222.41 representing gold held in excess of statutory requirements. Gold held represents a coverage of 40 per cent against total amount of dominion notes outstanding.

3. (a) Dominion of Canada funded debt, $2,715,910,607; (fo), (c) and (d) not of Dominion government record.

4. As of January 31, 1933, by chartered banks, approximately $43,043,000. No information for trust companies.

5. As of January 31, 1933, bank notes in circulation, $116,868,992.

6. The ratio of gold holdings to combined dominion and bank note circulation is 39 per cent.

Topic:   QUESTIONS
Subtopic:   GOLD RESERVES, DOMINION NOTES AND DEBTS
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QUESTIONS PASSED AS ORDERS FOR RETURNS

BANKRUPTCY ACT-APPOINTMENT OF TRUSTEES

LIB

Mr. JEAN:

Liberal

1. How many licences have been granted, in the district of Montreal, in connection with the appointment of custodians and trustees since Act 22-23 George V, Chapter 39, came into effect?

2. To whom have such licences been granted?

3. Have any applications for licences made by trustees, in the district of Montreal, been rejected, since said act came into effect?

4. If so, what are the names of persons whose applications were rejected?

Topic:   QUESTIONS PASSED AS ORDERS FOR RETURNS
Subtopic:   BANKRUPTCY ACT-APPOINTMENT OF TRUSTEES
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DREDGING IN THE ST. LAWRENCE RIVER

UFA

Mr. GARLAND (Bow River):

United Farmers of Alberta

1. What company is doing the dredging work in the St. Lawrence river?

2. When was the work started?

3. What is the amount of work done to date?

4. What is the total cost to date?

5. Whait was the amount voted last year and how much of this was expended?

6. How much money has been paid to the company to date?

7. Was any work done by said company prior to the money required being voted by parliament?

8. If so, for what amount?

9. Was the company notified that the estimates' for this work were exhausted?

10. Was the company authorized to proceed with the work?

11. If so, by whom?

12. During the last dredging season, how many government dredges were not in use?

13. Did the said company sublet their contract?

14. If so, to whom and where?

15. Who were the contractors dredging at St. Jean Deschaillons?

16. What amount of work was done?

17. What was the total expended in connection therewith?

13. What was the scale of measurement for dredge material?

19. How was the classification of said material made up?

20. What was the price per cubic yard in each classification?

Return tabled forthwith.

Motions for Papers

Topic:   QUESTIONS PASSED AS ORDERS FOR RETURNS
Subtopic:   DREDGING IN THE ST. LAWRENCE RIVER
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MOTIONS FOR PAPERS

March 13, 1933