All that they undertake to do is to furnish the planking upon the roadway of the bridge. The approaches are not being planked, but will be gravelled or macadamized.
It will be quite a long bridge, and have considerable traffic. AYho will pay the cost of lighting ?
My recollection is the island government provides for the lighting, and inasmuch as they are collecting tolls for the passenger and vehicular traffic, their toll collector will also look after the bridge and see that proper protection is afforded when trains are crossing.
I understood the hon. minister to say that he was taking over the old bridge from the Miramichi river.
We are taking over the spans of the Miramichi bridge and putting them across this river on the superstructure. The hon. gentleman speaks of it as an old bridge, hut it is not at all an inferior bridge, but just as well fitted for the purpose and just as good as if it just came out of the shop. The bridge will he entirely satisfactory to everybody.
This bridge taken from the Miramichi river Is twenty-five or thirty
years old, and was not sufficient for the service there. It was known to be antiquated and out of date.
Not out of date.
It was of no further service in New Brunswick.
The hon. gentleman must not ignore the fact that the Miramichi bridge is a good bridge. I could hardly set a limit to the life of such a bridge, but I believe that it would be perfectly good long after the hon. gentleman and his grandchildren have passed away, if we only have to use it for the same weight of trains and traffic as we have to-day. But I suppose that the hon. gentleman is arguing on the assumption that the traffic on the Prince Edward Island Railway will not at any period in the future need much heavier trains than we are now operating on the road. There is no question of inferiority in the bridge.
This bridge was built for a single track. But in Prince Edward Island, besides the railway track, you need a driveway on either side for carriages. How are you going to make this old bridge -perhaps I may be pardoned for speaking of it as an old bridge
Do not speak of it in a contemptuous way.
Well, I will not-but bow are you going to provide room for this driveway ? Are you going to roll out the iron again to make it wider, or are you going to patch it up ?
Surely the hon. gentleman does not imagine that there will be any difficulty in making the bridge wider. It will only be necessary to have longer cross beams and support. The span, the truss-all that portion of the structure is equally good, and will remain intact. The hon. gentleman did not catch what I said the other night- that there will be two methods, by either of which accommodation for foot-passengers and vehicles could be provided. One is by throwing out iron supports on either side so as to provide on one side a way for teams going in one direction and on the other side a way for teams going in the other direction ; the other is to widen the span and have the track so laid that you could have a carriage track on either side, or lay the track so as to have the driveway on one side. I do not see any difficulty about it, but I cannot say what method has been determined upon. A year or so ago we had various plans prepared, and the subject was gone over with the gentlemen representing the Prince Edward Island government. They criticised everything very
closely-I will say that for them-they were a little difficult to please ; but we succeeded ultimately, I think, in satisfying all their expectations and demands.
I suppose that is all right. I would like to know, in this connection, whether there will be any division or fence between the driveway and the rails ?
I think not.
Some resolutions reported.
Mr. Speaker, I understand that our friends of the opposition have a sitting of their own to-night, and that if we should sit here we should miss their criticism. Therefore, I move that the House adjourn.
Mr. BORDEN (Halifax).
We on this side of the House desire to extend to the right hon. gentleman (Rt. Hon. Sir Wilfrid Laurier) and his followers our thanks. We hardly thought that we were justified in asking for an adjournment of the House, but, as the right hon. gentleman has been considerate enough to offer it, we can only say that we are very much obliged for the courtesy.
Motion agreed to, and House adjourned at 6 p.m.
Thursday, May 2, 1901.