May 10, 1902

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The MINISTER OF PUBLIC WORKS.

Unfortunately we have no dredges there.

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Thomas Simpson Sproule

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. SPROULE.

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

ing a dredge from any source.

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The MINISTER OF PUBLIC WORKS.

I may say that a suction dredge would not do in this place. They can only work in soft material and at Penetanguishene it is hard material.

Port Elgin-repairs to lauding pier, extension of breakwater and dredging, $5,000.

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Thomas Simpson Sproule

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. SPROULE.

$5,000 will not go far here. What kind of work are you doing there ?

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The MINISTER OF PUBLIC WORKS.

The chief engineer is afraid that this amount 146

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.

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Thomas Simpson Sproule

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. SPROULE.

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.

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The MINISTER OF PUBLIC WORKS. .

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.

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Thomas Simpson Sproule

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. SPROULE.

Is that where the St. Francis river empties into the lake ?

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The MINISTER OF PUBLIC WORKS.

Yes.

Winnipegosis-dredging channel at mouth of the Mossy river, $4,500.

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Thomas Simpson Sproule

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. SPROULE.

I do not see any item here, but I would like to ask the hon. minister what he is doing now with the St. Andrews' rapids. Is the work going on there ?

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The MINISTER OF PUBLIC WORKS.

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.

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Thomas Earle

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. EARLE.

How much of this is being spent at the outlet of Kennedy lake ?

The MINISTER OF PUBLIC WORKS.

We have spent, up to- 31st December last year, $5,000 in round numbers.

Mr. EARLE. Will that complete the

work ?

The MINISTER OF PUBLIC WORKS.

Yes.

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Thomas Earle

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. EARLE.

On both lakes ?

The MINISTER OF PUBLIC WORKS.

Yes.

Hardy bay-wharf, $2,00i.

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Thomas Earle

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. EARLE.

Is this the amount that the hon. minister said would surprise me when I would see the supplementary estimates for British Columbia ?

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The MINISTER OF PUBLIC WORKS.

I hope I did not say that this would surprise the hou. gentleman.

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Thomas Earle

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. EARLE.

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.

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The MINISTER OF PUBLIC WORKS.

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.

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Thomas Earle

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. EARLE.

Would the hon. minister consider a request coming from me as a legitimate request ?

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The MINISTER OF PUBLIC WORKS.

I will be only too glad to consider in the most friendly and favourable manner any demand that may come from my bon. friend who is an old and respected member of this House.

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Thomas Earle

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. EARLE.

We will see another session. There are several places where the bon. minister can spend money to good advantage.

Some resolutions reported.

The MINISTER OF FINANCE (Hon. W. S. Fielding) moved the adjournment of the House.

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