April 16, 1901

CON

Robert Laird Borden (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. BORDEN (Halifax).

I fully agree with the remarks that have been made by my hon. friend from Lunenburg with regard to the necessity of some such work in the county he represents, in which there is a very large fishing industry. I believe, indeed, that the fishing industry is carried on in that county with probably greater success than in any other county in Nova Scotia ; and anything that would assist the fishermen in pursuing their industry would be a very important advantage to the whole province.

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Charles Edwin Kaulbach

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. KAULBAOH.

I have not yet heard an answer from the hon. Minister of Public Works.

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The MINISTER OF PUBLIC WORKS.

I am here to listen ; I cannot make promises. I have listened with great care indeed. I may say, while on my feet, that I have never received a report from the Department of Marine and Fisheries that the lighthouse at Lunenburg harbour is in danger. As to the other works, I may say that it is rather difficult, with all the goodwill we may have, to comply with all the demands made upon us. There are demands by the dozen from every riding-perhaps from Nova Scotia especially, because its coast line is so dangerous. The fishermen have a right to our consideration and sympathy. They are conducting a great industry under great difficulties. I grant all that.

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Charles Edwin Kaulbach

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. KAULBACH.

With all due deference to my hon. friend's remarks, I do not look with a jealous eye upon the various items appearing in the estimates for Nova Scotia; but when I see the counties represented by my friends so bountifully provided for in these estimates for public works, and the county I represent, which has a larger fishing industry than any other county in the Dominion, not provided for at all, I feel satisfied that it lis neglect on the part of the Minister of Public Works, aside a cause for complaint, that he fails to come to the relief of those fishermen who are contributing so largely to the revenue of the country. I feel that the people have not been dealt justly with since the present j government came into power. I am here for the purpose of claiming their rights, and I will not hesitate to raise my voice loud and long in the interest of them.

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James Clancy

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. CLANCY.

After the appeal that has been made by my hon. friend, I think the Minister of Public Works might go as far in this case as he goes in some instances. I always read his speeches, which are always readable and interesting, and I remember that when he goes into a town where a drill shed is required, he says that if he cannot promise them a drill shed, he is glad to observe the military spirit that prevails.

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Robert Laird Borden (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. BOUDEN (Halifax).

Rather it was in the words of the old song : ' Whisper and I will hear.'

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William Ross

Liberal

Hon. Mr. ROSS (Victoria, N.S.).

The hon. member for Lunenburg is no doubt making a very just claim in the interests of the fishermen in his county, but he must not forget that he represented a county during all the time the late government was in power, and that was the time when he should have brought pressure on his friends to ha ve the improvements made for which he is now appealing.

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Charles Edwin Kaulbach

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. KAULBAOH.

I did get a number of improvements for the county of Lunenburg when the Conservative party were in power, but a certain interruption took place, on a change of government, and I am trying to convince the hon. the Minister of Public Works that injustice is now being done my county on account of that sudden interruption.

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Arthur Samuel Kendall

Liberal

Mr. KENDALL.

I would also remind the hon. gentleman that during part of the summer season his fleet is not about Lunenburg, but down the coast further east. If the great breakwater at Cow Bay was allowed, for the want of a few repairs, to go to destruction, now that hon. gentlemen on this side are coming to the rescue of that breakwater and making provision for its renewal, he must admit that his fleet is getting more consideration at the hands of this government than it did when his friends were in power.

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Charles Edwin Kaulbach

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. KAULBACH.

What I am1 objecting to it is the unfair distribution. While some harbours receive a good deal, others receive nothing.

Porter's Lake-Dredging and breakwater at entrance of channel, $6,000.

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Robert Laird Borden (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. BORDEN (Halifax).

What is the position of that work at present ?

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The MINISTER OF PUBLIC WORKS.

There has only been a very small sum spent, -about a couple of hundred dollars, and what we are asking to-day is the amount necessary to carry out the dredging of the [DOT]canal and construct protection work.

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Robert Laird Borden (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. BORDEN (Halifax).

Is this work designed to prevent the overflow of the road at certain periods of the year ?

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The MINISTER OF PUBLIC WORKS.

The channel will be dredged and an entrance pier made and beach protection afforded, and there will then be a harbour of refuge. At the same time this work will prevent the overflow of the road.

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Robert Laird Borden (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. BORDEN (Halifax).

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The MINISTER OF PUBLIC WORKS.

The reason no doubt is that the plans are not ready. My hon. friend must not forget that there are in the estimates some 1,500 items which entail a very large amount of work, much larger than the staff are able to accomplish in the one year.

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The MINISTER OF FINANCE.

There was more work done than my hon. friend the Minister of Public Works thinks there was. Porter's Lake is navigable, and the channel has become choked up. It is an old story, the difficulty of keeping the channel open. One effect will be to prevent the flooding of the road, but it is also intended to open a channel into the lake and build protection works to keep it open. Some considerable work has been done.

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William Roche

Liberal

Mr. ROCHE (Halifax).

The recent storms that prevailed on the Atlantic coast closed up the channel. There was at least a week of easterly gales in the vicinity, and the surf of the Atlantic threw the gravel and other material into the channel and filled it up, so that it will be necessary to clear away that material and deepen and enlarge the channel. The roads in the vicinity were submerged under six feet of water which caus ed a good deal of devastation to land belonging to the farmers, and the amount in the estimate will no doubt have the object of freeing this land from the water when the channel is open.

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Robert Laird Borden (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. BORDEN (Halifax).

I think the hon. the Minister of Finance is correct an saying that a large amount was spent. There was great activity in connection with that work early in November last, and I think there was then some rule made, no doubt in the public interest, that no one would be employed unless he had a vote in the Dominion election then coming on.

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Charles Edwin Kaulbach

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. KAULBACH.

As this is an item for dredging, it appears to me that I would be in order in bringing to the notice of the hon. minister a visit he made some time in the summer before last to the town of Lunenburg and some other places in my county. I had an interview then with him at Lunenburg and pointed out to him particularly the need that exists for dredging that, harbour. He came there when the tide was about half high, and from the time he left Battery Point till he got to the pier the waters of the harbour, showing a large quantity of mud. were considerably stirred up by the propellor of his boat, which was Mr. BOUDEN (Halifax).

an indication of the shallowness of the water. I wish to inform the hon. gentleman that there is no port of the whole province that has a larger number of vessels belonging to it than the port of Lunenburg. There is no port, save that of Halifax, that has a larger number of vessels entering it. There is no work of dredging that Is more important than that of this harbour. There was a cargo of salt arrived at that port a few days ago, and the ship laden with it was unable to get beyond Battery Point. It could not come to the piers because of the shallowness of the water. An immense amount of money is expended in the deepening of Yarmouth harbour by the use of a dredge every year, with few exceptions. I am glad to see Yarmouth receive this assistance. But why should Yarmouth be singled out for continual benefits of this sort to the sacrifice of the trade and commerce of the rest of the province and the sacrifice of the harbour of Lunenburg and La Have harbour, which is frequented by ships of heavy draught, to take on deals for the old world and other places. A depth of eighteen to twenty feet is required in La Have harbour, but the trade is interfered with in consequence of its shallowness, and vessels are put to great inconvenience in consequence. There is also the harbour of Mahone, which is also frequented by a large number of 1 vessels. Now, all these harbours require the attention of the Department of Public Works in the way of dredging, and we ask the minister if he is going to neglect that work this summer. He promised when there that the work should have attention. I think he said it would be attended to the next summer. He modified that afterwards by saying that he could not give it the attention it deserved, but he saw the importance of the work and would not overlook it. We have had to look on scornfully since at works undertaken by the minister not nearly of so much importance as the work of Lunenburg harbour. I ask the minister if lie will consider the importance of the trade of that port and remedy the evil complained of through the neglect that has been shown. We are having in the county this year something like forty vessels constructed, though many of the builders hesitated to build, fearing that they would not be able to bring them into the harbour. I trust the hon. minister will consider favourably what I have said, and that I shall not be wasting my breath in appealing to him in this important matter any longer.

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April 16, 1901