I spoke last night with reference to a gentleman who is writing to me that he has a splendid suction dredge that he would be glad to bring out any time the Minister of Public Works required it. It is only in the case of the government having no dredges of their own available that I would recommend bringing in American dredges. Rather than have these places suffer for want of such a work, I think the minister would be quite justified in hir
of money will not be sufficient to accomplish the objects both of completing the pier and doing the dredging. It will complete the pier, and we will have to draw on our general vote to carry out the dredging. It is intended to let the contract to build the pier.
South Nation river-improvements at the pitch off, $1,000.
I understand this is for the purpose of preventing the flooding of the land. The question has been raised whether, if the government adopts the principle of doing this kind of work here, other places in the country will not apply for the same assistance. I think the government will have other applications.
1 grant it is a bad place in which to do this kind of work. There are one or two items that are remnants of past days. I admit that the principle is wrong. But this river is navigable, at least I was drawn into this work on the representation that it is a navigable river. But this will not appear again.
Lake St. Francis outlet-construction of guide pier end dredging (revote, $1,200), $6,500.
We have an item in the main estimates, but I am sorry to say that the contractors are not going on very speedily with the work. I instructed my officers a few days ago to give notice to the Messrs. Kelly Bros, that they would have to go on with the work or the contract would be taken off their hands.
British Columbia - Anderson and Kennedy lakes-clearing outlets, $3,500.
I am surprised at the smallness of the amount, because on the west coast of Vancouver island there are no wharfs and there should be some expenditures, on that part of the coast. The steamers running on the west coast of Vancouver island have, with one or two exceptions, where there are private wharfs, to land their passengers by small boats. More money can be spent with a greater advantage to the settlers at various points on the west coast of Vancouver island.
All I can say is that this is only a beginning. My hon. friend (Mr. Earle) has been a long time in parliament. If he had applied in past days, I have no doubt lie would have received more than lias been spent there. This is the first demand for wharfs that has come to me. It is a beginning. I do not want to encourage anybody to come, but if there are legitimate requests from British Columbia they will be treated just as liberally as I always endeavour to treat legitimate demands that come to me.