March 11, 1902

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Frederick Debartzch Monk

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. MONK.

The minister tells us that this extension of trade is expected from the new railway companies that are interested in Sorel. Have any steps been taken by the government to find out if these railway companies would contribute any to this expenditure.

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The MINISTER OF PUBLIC WORKS.

The contract was awarded before the present syndicate owned these roads.

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Frederick Debartzch Monk

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. MONK.

Of course it presents a very great anomaly, because if you spend such a large amount as that in towns which have a great deal of promise, the fact remains that in the city of Montreal where our harbours are still unimproved, the trade has to bear the charges of the improvements that are being made there. It is a very regrettable fact, as Mr. Reeve stated last year when he visited Montreal harbour with the Harbour Commissioners, that it was not possible immediately to put that harbour on a proper footing without any further delay. I would not begrudge any improvements that are being made at Sorel. Of course Three Rivers has a very important harbour, and Quebec I need not speak of, but you have this great difference that what is being done at these places is being done at the expense of the govern-

ment, and all that Is being done in Montreal is done at the expense of the trade. Under these circumstances it is a pity that this expenditure cannot be slightly reduced.

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The MINISTER OF PUBLIC WORKS.

It is not altogether right to say that all the work that is being carried on at Montreal is carried on at the expense of the trade. Most of the work, nearly the whole of the work is carried on that way, but my hon. friend (Mr. Monk) will not forget that the government is carrying on in the eastern portion of the harbour a very large work, the contract for which is over $600,000. The same contractors, Messrs. Poupore & Malone are proceeding with that work actively. I have been fortunate enough to be able to convince my colleagues and parliament two years ago of the necessity of starting works in the eastern portion of the Montreal harbour. One of the results has been that the Canadian Pacific Railway are locating an immense establishment in that part of the harbour.

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The MINISTER OF PUBLIC WORKS.

Well, the facts are there. The Canadian Pacific Railway knew they would have accommodation. Of course the Harbour Commissioners have already built two low level wharfs, but we are building a magnificent high level wharf that will accommodate the trade. I altogether share the views of my hon. friend (Mr. Monk) that it is a great pity that the port of Montreal has not been equipped sooner, but we are now making up for lost time. I am bound to say that the works are progressing, though perhaps not as fast as I would like them to progress. I hope and trust that these improvements will be completed in the centre of the harbour, the main works, at the close of the present season. Then the equipment of the wharfs will have to be attended to.

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Frederick Debartzch Monk

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. MONK.

I would only ask my hon. friend if it would be possible, in bringing down the contract for the wharf at Sorel, to bring down a copy of the contract for this work at Maisonneuve.

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The MINISTER OF PUBLIC WORKS.

With pleasure.

Valleyfield-dredging channel in Valleyfield Bay, &c., $4,000.

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The MINISTER OF PUBLIC WORKS.

In the harbour at Valleyfield. We started the work last year. We have done a good deal of it, and we must go on with it. Valleyfield is becoming every day a more important harbour, and we shall have to do a good deal of work there in the future, iu order to accommodate the large trade centreing there.

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Frederick Debartzch Monk

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. MONK.

Is there any estimate in the department of what it will cost to terminate the work begun last year ?

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The MINISTER OF PUBLIC WORKS.

The chief engineer tells me that this $4,000 will complete the work in that part of the harbour where it was begun last year ; but there is a channel to be dredged 12 feet at the entrance to the harbour. I have a complete survey of this work to be done, but I cannot state just now what the cost of that additional work will be.

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Frederick Debartzch Monk

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. MONK.

Is it the case that a portion of this dredging is to allow a free approach of water to the mills ?

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The MINISTER OF PUBLIC WORKS.

It is to give a greater depth of water to the trade generally. As my hon. friend knows, Valleyfield has a population of 12,000 souls, and I anticipate that in the next few years It will have a much larger population, and we intend improving that harbour, as we do all the harbours where trade is developing.

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Frederick Debartzch Monk

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. MONK.

Is any of that dredging to be done In the dam of the mills ?

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The MINISTER OF PUBLIC WORKS.

No.

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Richard Blain

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. BLAIN.

Would the minister be good enough to lay on the Table a list of the works to be done by public contract, together with a list of those to be done by day labour, out of this vote of $422,900, at some future time ?

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The MINISTER OF PUBLIC WORKS.

There is no objection. I prepared such a list last year, and I will have another prepared this year, and will lay It on the Table with pleasure.

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Andrew B. Ingram

Liberal-Conservative

Mr. INGRAM.

Is that elevator built at Sorel, which the hon. minister promised last year ?

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The MINISTER OF PUBLIC WORKS.

I did not promise an elevator last year.

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March 11, 1902