Bill (No. 139) respecting the St. Mary's River Railway Company-Mr. Oliver. Bill (No. 140) to incorporate the Cardiff Railway Company.-Mr. Oliver.
Bill (No. 141) respecting the Medicine Hat and Northern Alberta Company.-Mr. Logan. Bill (No. 142) respecting the Elgin and Havelock Railway Company.-Mr. Fowler.
Motion agreed to.
QUEBEC HARBOUR-PUBLIC WORKS.
Mr. T. CHASE CASGRAIN (Montmorency).
Before the Orders of the Day are called, I wish to call the attention of the government, and particularly the hon. Minister of Public Works, to the following item contained in the newspaper 'Le Soleil ' of the city of Quebec :
TRAVAUX IMPORTANTS DANS LE PORT DE QUEBEC.
M. Etienne Dussault repoit le contrat pour la construction de nouveaux quais. $200,000 seront depensfis cet ete. Le public de QuSbec non seulement de la ville mais de toutes les rSgions apprendra avec plai-sir que M. Etienne Dussault, le grand entrepreneur de Lvis, a regu un telegramme, ce matin, du gouvernement, l'informant que le contrat lui 6tait accords pour les amSliorations projetees dans le port. II recevra $200,000 pour construire de nouveaux quais dans le port durant le cours de 1'StS. Ordre lui est donnS de commencer incessam-ment les travaux. C'est une manne pour nos ouvriers. II n'y en aura pas un seul sans ouvrage d'ici k long-temps. I will translate it for the information of the hon. gentleman : The public of Quebec, and not only of Quebec, but all this region, will learn with pleasure that H. M. Dussault, the great contractor of Ldvis, received this morning a telegram from the government informing him that the contract had been awarded him for the projected improvements in the port. He will receive $200,000 for putting in new wharfs in this port during this summer. He has received an order from the government enjoining him to proceed with the works without delay. I would ask the minister if this item is correct, if the contract has been granted, and, if so, were tenders called for ?
If the article which the hon. gentleman (Mr. Casgrain) has read refers to the extension of the pier or wharf at Quebec, I may say that tenders were advertised for and quite a number were received. If I remember well, the name the hon. gentleman has read was one of those in the firm-Dussault & Lemieux- who were the lowest tenderers. I have no further information at the moment, but I have no doubt that the contract was awarded to them in the regular way. They may have been notified by this time of the contract being awarded to them. The commissioners have waited on myself and the officers of the department several times, and they and other representatives of Quebec have urged that this work was necessary. We have taken every means to facilitate it, and intend to get it done as quickly as possible, so that the public may have the benefit of it during the coming season.
DISASTER AT FRANK.
Mr. FRANK OLIVER (Alberta).
I would ask the Prime Minister (Rt. Hon. Sir Wilfrid Laurier) if he has received any further word with regard to the disaster at Frank. Now that the accredited officials of the government are on the ground, no doubt the government is aware of the actual extent of the disaster, both as to loss of life and loss of property ; and I think it would be satisfactory to every one to have whatever information the government may possess made public.
I may inform my hon. friend (Mr. Oliver) that we have received
further information from our officials on the spot, but I am sorry to say that that information is not exact. It is sufficient, however, to show that the damage is of an extensive character. They are proceeding with the excavation, but are not yet able to reporte exactly the damage done. I have two telegrams from Mr. Pearce. One of them is very long, and I need not read it all, as the information it contains is mainly covered by the other. The other telegram is as follows :
Frank, N.W.T., April 30, 1903.
Deputy Minister of the Interior,
No Welshmen killed. Reported death of Welshmen incorrect. Canadian-American has all works excepting probably tunnel destroyed. All their machinery installed and new machinery not yet in place, tipple power house, stables with horses, Are houses and all works totally wiped out by rockslide. Whether tunnel 6,000 feet in length will be available for future operations remains to be seen, only damage to other mines being Lille Collieries, French Company, of Grassy Mountain, having one and one-half miles of railway knocked off. Space and site of same covered with rock to average depth of sixty feet.
(Sgd) WM. PEARCE.
As I have said, it will not be necessary to read the other telegram, which is very long, but I can give some parts of it which may be material.
The following is probably more nearly a correct estimate of loss than any yet : Thirty-four men eight women, twenty children, killed; eleven injured, probably only two or three dangerously, have good attendance. Only two killed in or near mine. Ten dead recovered, remainder nearly all buried under many feet of rock, possibly a few near edge of slide may be recovered. Killed, miners, twenty-one, balance ranchers, merchants, liverymen, engineers, railway contractors, labourers. Six cottages totally destroyed by rock, swept away like feathers and broken into match wood. One partially ruined.
1 en habitations of ranchers and others outside Frank destroyed. All machinery installed and large amount of new machinery near tunnel mouth totally destroyed. Tipple scales, engine-house and all other plant destroyed. Uncertain whether or not tunnel materially injured, probably not.
Is It possible to give a list of those who have been killed ?
I have no doubt it will be forwarded as soon as possible. So far I have received the name of one man only.
DOMINION ELECTIONS ACT AMENDMENT.
House went into Committee on Bill (No. 13) to amend the Dominion Controverted Elections Act-The Minister of Justice. On section 1,
This Bill was under consideration some time ago, and the leader