May 1, 1902

CON

John Dowsley Reid

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. REID (Grenville).

They commenced the channel in 1876 and they have been working continuously ever since. This water that comes between these two islands runs directly across the channel the Gilberts have been working at, and this dam is simply put there to stop that current. Really and truly if the minister looks into it, he will see that it is of no earthly use whatever. I appeal to him not to put a dam there, because it would injure the rapids, and I believe that the vesselmen will condemn it. It would be far better to give whoever the contractor is, half the amount he would make in profit and not have the dam there at all. I appeal to the minister that that dam should not be put there.

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The MINISTER OF RAILWAYS AND CANALS.

I will tell the hon. gentleman what I will do. I will undertake that the money will not be expended until I have the subject thoroughly investigated, and until I have had the opinion of other engineers. Not being an engineer myself, I cannot form judgment upon a question of this kind. I can, however, probably decide not to spend, and I will not do so until I ascertain from independent engineers that it would be a proper expenditure to make. Of course, my hon. friend knows that there is always a great difference of opinion with regard to the navigation of channels.

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CON

John Dowsley Reid

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. REID (Grenville).

I can quite understand that, and the answer of the hon. minister is quite fair ; but large vessels will never go through these rapids, and this is a part of that other scheme. If the hon. minister will look into the matter, I feel satisfied that he will never spend the money.

The MINISTER OF RAILWA18 AND CANALS. I have already mentioned that this is a continuation of work that has already been started in the same direction.

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CON

John Dowsley Reid

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. REID (Grenville).

That other work of Mr. Cleveland's is satisfactory, and he is doing his work very well. But it is not part of Mr. Cleveland's original contract.

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The MINISTER OF RAILWAYS AND CANALS.

The building of the dam will not absorb the whole of this money.

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CON

John Dowsley Reid

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. REID (Grenville).

Yes, it will, because it is in a bad place and is a very large dam. It is a mile and a half from Mr. Cleveland's original contract.

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The MINISTER OF RAILWAYS AND CANALS.

I would not like to undertake to say that no part of this money will be expended, because it may be necessary to spend a portion of it for the purpose of. completing the channel which I spoke of, and which the hon. gentleman says is a very proper work to do ; but I will undertake to say as to the dam, to which he takes exception, that nothing will be expended until inquiry is made.

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CON

John Dowsley Reid

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. REID (Grenville).

Any money voted for Mr. Cleveland's contract is perfectly right.

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CON

John Graham Haggart

Conservative (1867-1942)

Hon. Mr. HAGGART.

Do I understand that this vote is not for any part of the Gilbert work at all ?

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The MINISTER OF RAILWAYS AND CANALS.

It has no connection at all with their work.

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CON

Robert Laird Borden (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. BORDEN (Halifax).

Does the hon. gentleman not think that we have gone far enough to-night ?

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The MINISTER OF RAILWAYS AND CANALS.

If the hon. gentlemen opposite will consent to the rest of the items of my department going through to-night, I shall be willing to discuss any of these items on the supplementary canal votes.

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CON

John Graham Haggart

Conservative (1867-1942)

Hon. Mr. HAGGART.

There are a couple of members of the House who want to speak on the Trent canal.

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The MINISTER OF RAILWAYS AND CANALS.

I will say the same with regard to them.

To repair locks one and two Lachine canals, $100,000. '

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CON

John Graham Haggart

Conservative (1867-1942)

Hon. Mr. HAGGART.

Why spend such a large sum on the old locks ?

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The MINISTER OF RAILWAYS AND CANALS.

They are in a very insufficient condition and we have to repair them.

Some resolutions reported.

On motion of the Minister of Finance the House adjourned at 1.30 a.m. Friday.

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LIB

Andrew George Blair (Minister of Railways and Canals)

Liberal

Hon. Mr. BLAIR.

Friday, May 2, 1902.

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May 1, 1902