February 12, 1934


(Questions answered orally are indicated by an asterisk.)


POSTMASTER GENERAL-PAYMENTS

LIB

Jean-François Pouliot

Liberal

Mr. POULIOT:

Will the parliamentary indemnity of the hon. the Postmaster General and his annual allocation of $2,000 for automobile be paid him during his trip to Cairo, Egypt?

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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:

May I say that the only

answer that can be given to this question is that the case will be dealt with as all similar cases heretofore have been dealt with under the practice of parliament.

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CANADIAN PACIFIC RAHWAY LOAN

LIB

Charles Gavan Power

Liberal

Mr. POWER:

To what extent was the Canadian Pacific Railway indebted to the Bank of Montreal for loans or advances made by the said bank to the company at the time: (a) when the

Canadian Pacific Railway Company requested the government to guarantee a loan of sixty million dollars; (h) at the time of the passing of the order in council which actually guaranteed the said loan?

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Subtopic:   CANADIAN PACIFIC RAHWAY LOAN
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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:

I indicated the other

day, I think, that this was an improper question. I am bound to say that with respect to the private business of the railway company and the bank this government is not informed except in the course of conversations in a general sort of way when matters are under consideration. With respect to the guarantee, it was known that there was an indebtedness to the bank, but I do not think we should be asked here to indicate what the relations are between a bank and its customers when such information comes to the knowledge of the government under those conditions.

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PARCEL EXPRESS RATES '

LIB

Mr. ROBERGE:

Liberal

1. What was the rate per pound in 1930 for the transportation by express of parcels of the following weights: 1 pound, 5 pounds, 10 pounds, 15 pounds, and 20 pounds?

2. What is the present rate for these parcels for transportation by express over a distance of 200 miles?

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CON

Robert James Manion (Minister of Railways and Canals)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. MANION:

The hon. gentleman can

get' this information just as well from the express companies, but if he wishes us to do it for him I have no particular objection. But I think it is hardly necessary to put the question on the order paper.

Question dropped.

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GASPE BIOLOGICAL STATION

LIB

Mr. MARCIL:

Liberal

1. Is it the intention of the Department of Fisheries to open a biological station and school in the Gaspe peninsula; if so, when and at what place?

2. Will this school be independent of other stations or merely a sub-station?

3. Have representations been made that suitable professors can be supplied by universities in the province of Quebec, and will effect be given to such representations?

4. Has His Excellency Mgr. Ross, of Gaspe, made any representations to the Minister or the government on this subject, and what answer was given him?

5. Have any negotiations taken place between the minister or the government and the government of Quebec or any of its ministers or officials, on this subject, and what has been the result of such negotiations?

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Subtopic:   GASPE BIOLOGICAL STATION
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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:

I do submit, Mr. Speaker, that this question should not be asked in the form in which it is, especially by a distinguished parliamentarian who has been in the chair. The intention of the government is made known by legislation or by provision in the Estimates, and it is hardly proper to ask through a question on the order paper what the intention of the government may be, and when that intention, which is purely problematical, as indicated by the question, may be made effective.

Question dropped.

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Subtopic:   GASPE BIOLOGICAL STATION
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JACQUES CARTIER CELEBRATION

LIB

Charles Marcil

Liberal

Mr. MARCIL:

What action does the government intend taking to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the landing of Jacques Cartier at Gaspe?

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Subtopic:   JACQUES CARTIER CELEBRATION
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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:

This is in the same position as the previous question.

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CANADIAN PACIFIC RAILWAY LOAN

LIB

Mr. RAYMOND:

Liberal

1. By whom, and if a company, by what officer, and on what date, was the government

Questions

[DOT]solicited to guarantee the loan of $60,000,000 made by the Canadian Pacific Railway?

2. Before the adoption of the order in council of November 29, 1933, guaranteeing the loan of $60,000,000 to the Canadian Pacific Railway, did the government, or one of its members, ask the banks to contribute to this loan, verbally or in writing, and on what date?

3. Rid the government or any member thereof promise or take the obligation in writing to guarantee this loan, and under what form and on what date?

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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:

Obviously part of this

question can only be answered by disclosing private business between the banks and their customers. With respect to the first part of the question, the answer is very difficult to make because representations were made from the president of the railway company from time to time as to the condition of his railway and the inability to sell its securities. I could not fix the dates with any exactness with respect to that. So far as the next question is concerned, no one connected with the government asked the banks to make a contribution to the loan. The arrangements were made by the raliway company with the banks, and not between the banks and the government. I cannot quite understand the third question, which reads: "Did the government or any member thereof promise or take the obligation in writing to guarantee this loan, and under what form and on what date?" I cannot answer that beyond what is indicated in the document that has been tabled and also set forth at length in the observations I made to the house a few evenings ago.

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GRANTS TO PAIRS

February 12, 1934