February 28, 1902

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The MINISTER OF PUBLIC WORKS.

I cannot make any promise to my hon. friend. I have reports in my department from competent officers-not alone my engineers in the west, but competent officers of the department here-showing that the stone out there is not fit for such a work. It may be good for bridge work, but cannot be used in work such as this. It is not strong enough. My hon. friend (Mr. McCreary) will not lay down the doctrine that, because there is a local quarry, even if the use of that stone would cost $100,000 more and would not do the work so well, we must nse the stone. Such a doctrine could not be defended in parliament. I compliment the hon. gentleman, however, on defending the interest of his province. But the work has been designed for concrete and the concrete is better. Canadian cement can be procured cheaper than American. Messrs. Kelly have not bought any cement yet, but if I can use any influence with them, that influence shall be exerted to have them use Canadian cement.

Public Works-chargeable to capital-Transportation facilities-Montreal Harbour (lower division), improvements below Ste. Marie's Current, $300,000.

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The MINISTER OP PUBLIC WORKS.

This work is under contract and is proceeding rapidly. The time limit fixed for completion is the 25th December, and I have no doubt it will be completed by that time. The contractors are a first-class firm and are proceeding with the work with rapidity and.skill.

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The MINISTER OP PUBLIC WORKS.

Malone & Poupore.

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Robert Laird Borden (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. BORDEN (Halifax).

What is the nature of these improvements ?

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The MINISTER OF PUBLIC WORKS.

A jetty 1,000 feet long is being built in the eastern portion of the harbour. The harbour commissioners built two wharfs there some time ago. They are low-level wharfs, but the wharf we are building Is a high-level wharf. As we have learned from the newspapers, the Canadian Pacific Railway are going on with very extensive works in that part of the city. Already, a very large trade is going there-the bulky trade seems to be locating in that part of the harbour. It is for the accommodation of this trade that the work has been undertaken. I think I may make bold to say that it will be one of the finest works on this continent. All the work above the water line will be concrete work.

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Ernest D'Israeli Smith

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. SMITH (Wentworth).

This item speaks of the lower division. What about the upper

division ? Is that being completed ? And when will the harbour be finished ?

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The MINISTER OF PUBLIC WORKS.

The only work being carried on by my department is the one under discussion. All the other works are under the direction of the harbour commissioners. Things are not going quite so quickly, perhaps, as I would like, but still we are making a great deal of progress. If my hon. friend knows the harbour of Montreal, he will understand that a great longitudinal wharf is being constructed, and three large piers. The longitudinal wharf is very much advanced, and two of the piers are built. The third will be completed during the season. After that, the equipment of the harbour will have to be undertaken-we must lay down tracks, put up sheds and build elevators. I suppose that it is too late to-night to discuss the question at greater length, but, on another occasion, I shall be glad if questions are put to me on these subjects. The country takes a great interest in the port of Montreal. That port does not belong to the city of Montreal alone, but is essentially a part of our national system, and we all take a great interest in it. I anticipate that in a couple of years we shall have a port well enough equipped to handle the vast trade in store for us.

Public Works-chargeable to capital-Transportation facilities-Port Colborne-Harbour im->

provements, $220,000. '

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The MINISTER OF PUBLIC WORKS.

The amount paid to the contractors so far is $75,000. Of their first contract of 1,300 feet of breakwater, they have completed 900 feet. I was there a few weeks ago, and I am glad to say that the work has stood the test of the storms, though the plan was a little weakened while I was on the other side of the ocean. Before I left we had specified a breakwater 25 feet wide, with a buttress inside. Only the breakwater has been built. Though it has stood the test very well, we have been obliged to put heavy rip-rap on the outer side. My hon. friend (Mr. Lancaster) knows Lake Erie better than I do, and he knows that when there is a large storm there the waves are as high as on the Atlantic Ocean. In spite of that, and in spite of the fact that we had this winter two big storms, the breakwater has not budged more than a couple of inches. Still, on examining the work I thought it better to authorize the rip-rap to be used. To build the work to the shore, we shall require an additional length of not quite 4,000 feet of breakwater and 800 feet of stone approach. The whole length of the breakwater and stone approach will be about 5,700 feet. When this is completed you will have an area of twelve acres for a harbour there. The De-20

partment of Railways and Canals are building wharfs at the entrance to the canal. The breakwater is intended to protect the grain trade conjing into the canal.

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Edward Arthur Lancaster

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. LANCASTER.

How much more is it going to cost before we are through with it?

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The MINISTER OF PUBLIC WORKS.

The whole contract all expenses included, amounts to $435,000.

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Edward Arthur Lancaster

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. LANCASTER.

Does that include the extra work that the hon. minister found it necessary to do on account of the storms ?

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The MINISTER OF PUBLIC WORKS.

That was a very small amount, only about $10,000 or $12,000.

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The MINISTER OF PUBLIC WORKS.

I am reminded that the contract itself is for $395,000.

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The MINISTER OF PUBLIC WORKS.

Yes.

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Robert Laird Borden (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. BORDEN (Halifax).

I think we had better not take up the next item. I would suggest that perhaps the hon. minister is too tired to go on with anything further to-night.

Some resolutions reported.

On motion of the Minister of Public Works, House adjourned at 10.45 p.m.

Monday, March 3, 1902.

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February 28, 1902