April 16, 1901

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The MINISTER OF PUBLIC WORKS.

The hon. gentleman (Mr. Taylor) can always find a cheaper and better thing than any man under the sun. I compliment his riding upon electing him. We have received a statue of the Queen. We do not know where we should put the monument which is a very fine monument indeed. I was told by a connoisseur and by an Englishman who is competent to speak upon the subject, that the statue is the best in existence. I think that As right. Before locating that monument the chief architect thought it would be better to make a model so that we might see where the best location is. Well, the work is going on. My hon. friend says there are eleven men employed. He has a lot of time to spare to stand around and count the number of men that are working there.

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George Taylor (Chief Opposition Whip; Whip of the Conservative Party (1867-1942))

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. TAYLOR.

I could count them in a minute going down.

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The MINISTER OF PUBLIC WORKS.

I cannot go and watch these men. The chief architect has that duty. We have a practical man. Mr. Breton, a very old employee. He is no good, I suppose.

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George Taylor (Chief Opposition Whip; Whip of the Conservative Party (1867-1942))

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. TAYLOR.

I do not say that.

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The MINISTER OF PUBLIC WORKS.

If any two men can do that, they must belong to the riding of the hon. gentleman.

We have not been able to find such men in Ottawa.

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Edmund Boyd Osler

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. OSLER.

We will give the bon. minister eleven men if be will promise not to erect tlie monument where be bas it now.

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The MINISTER OF PUBLIC WORKS.

We are not going to place it there.

Clark's Harbour-To complete breakwater and Temove rocks from channel, $6,000.

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Robert Laird Borden (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. BORDEN (Halifax).

Does this complete the work ?

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The MINISTER OF PUBLIC WORKS.

Yes.

Neil's Harbour-Breakwater, $14,000.

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James Clancy

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. CLANCY.

This may be a very neees-sary outlay, but the minister should give some explanation.

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The MINISTER OF PUBLIC WORKS.

This is a new work for which tenders are now being asked.

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James Clancy

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. CLANCY.

Was the $3,000 voted last year expended ?

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The MINISTER OF PUBLIC WORKS.

No. The lowest tender will be accepted.

Parrsborough-Wharf, $2,000.

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Charles Edwin Kaulbach

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. KAULBACH.

Is there any revenue derived from this wharf ? Does the minister get any revenue from these public wharfs V

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The MINISTER OF PUBLIC WORKS.

When the work is completed we transfer it to the Department of Marine, which collects the ordinary dues.

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James Clancy

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. CLANCY.

Can the Minister of Marine tell us about this ?

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The MINISTER OF MARINE AND FISHERIES.

When the wharfs are handed over to us we always charge the customary dues.

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Mr. CL VNCY@

Is there any considerable revenue derived from the wharfs, or are they merely for the convenience of the fishing industry.

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The MINISTER OF MARINE AND FISHERIES.

From isome wharfs we get a reasonable revenue, but from others the revenue is very small. The hon. gentleman will see the revenue from each wharf set out in the Auditor General's Report.

Harbours and Rivers, N.S.-Parrsboro'-Reconstruction of beach protection works, $1,550.

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Charles Edwin Kaulbach

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. KAULBACH.

I have asked the minister repeatedly for the construction of a retaining wall at Battery Point, at the entrance to the harbour of Lunenburg. It is a work that is most essential, and the government are seriously neglecting their duty when they refuse to grant a certain amount of money for the construction of that work. If it is not given in a short time, the whole Mr. TARTE.

foundation of the lighthouse erected there will be endangered. I, therefore, ask the hon. Minister of Public Works to recognize the statement I am now making, and provide in the supplementary estimates an amount of money sufficient to construct a retaining wall at that point. This is not the first appeal I have made for it. I have made appeals on repeated occasions, and the work would have been done if the late government had remained in power. While I am on my feet, I might say that there are other public works for which I have made appeals to the government; but my appeals have not been received favourably. There is a breakwater wanted at Broad Cove, in the western end of my county, near the county of Queen's, represented by my hon. friend the Minister of Finance (Mr. Fielding). Then, there is the Petit Rivi&re breakwater, which was commenced, and on which a large amount of money was expended ; but the plan was not carried out, simply because the hon. Minister of Public Works was not willing to give the required grant to complete it. That breakwater was commenced for the purpose of making a harbour. It is on a part of the Atlantic coast which is without any protection for boats. A great deal of the breakwater is going to ruin, and it will be utterly useless in a short time unless something is done. The breakwater has been affording protection for fishing boats. It still affords a partial protection for such crafts ; but if the work were carried to completion, it would be very useful both to fishing boats and as a harbour for fishing vessels. The next work is a breakwater at a place called Hiltz Narrows, which I asked to have cared for, but nothing has been done up to the present. That work is falling into decay, and in the course of a short time all the money expended on it will have been rendered useless. I will not enumerate more of these required works than are absolutely necessary, although there are others, because I do not want to tire the House. But one special work I will refer to, that known as Mill Cove breakwater at St. Margaret's Bay is worthy of recognition. There is a very large settlement of thrifty fishermen found there, and my hon. friend the leader of the opposition (Mr. Borden, Halifax) is fully aware of the location, as it is opposite the east side of St. Margaret's Bay. I do not know of any work on the whole coast from Cape Sable to Cape North more needed for protection of property than Mill Cove breakwater. It is a populous shore, and the people depend entirely on the shore fishing, save a few who fish the deep sea ; and they find it very inconvenient to have to draw up their boats whenever there is a prospect of a storm. They want a breakwater so that they can have boats sufficiently large to prosecute the deep sea fishing, which will yield them a larger revenue

than the shore fishing at present does and to which they are at present confined, owing to the want of this breakwater. I trust that the hon. Minister of Public Works will attend to this appeal, and grant the assistance necessary to meet it. I feel satisfied that if he consults his own political friends in the district, he will become fully satisfied that the appeal I am making is a just and reasonable one. I hope he will not fail to recognize, but will give the required aid.

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April 16, 1901