Hon. CHARLES STEWART (Minister of the Interior):
Yesterday the hon. member for Springfield (Mr. Hay) asked a question with reference to the sale or lease of the Fort Alexander Indian reserve to the Manitoba Pulp and Paper Company. I find that on the 30th day of January, 1923, the Fort Alexander band surrendered an area of 520 acres in the extreme southeastern portion of the reserve, for lease to the Manitoba Pulp and Paper Company, Limited. The lease subsequently issued for a period of ninety-nine years, at an annual rental of SI,040. On the 23rd day of January this year the band surrendered for sale to the Manitoba Pulp and Paper Company, Limited, an area of 390 acres, in the same part of the reserve, at a price mutually agreed upon of $40 per acre, cash. Of this area 304 acres are embraced in the portion previously surrendered for leasing. This land was originally leased and later sold to the Manitoba Pulp and Paper Company, Limited, as a mill site in connection with the extensive operations which this company proposes to carry on in that section of the province of Manitoba. All financial transactions in connection with this matter have been promptly carried out as agreed to. Both surrenders referred to above were approved by a majority of the voting members of the Fort Alexander band.
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