I must confess that we are passing these large items very flippantly. It was necessary at one time to have this as a feeder to the Welland Canal, but it is not required since the canal was deepened, and why should the ratepayers of my riding be called upon to pay $33,000 to keep up a dam which is absolutely only for the use of private individuals who have mills along there ? If these private parties want a dam let them keep it up themselves.
It might be cheaper for the manufacturers to do that than to pay the considerable rental which they pay. We must remember that indirectly we are helping these manufacturers who have their works along the canal and who give employment to a large number of people. That is for the benefit of the public as a whole.
What is the amount of revenue the government receives? There were two flour mills there, one of which was burned down, and the one remaining turns out about 20 barrels a day. There is also a company manufacturing light for the town of Dunnville, and that is all. What revenue is paid by these people to the government ?
Monday being a private Bills day, and the Grand Trunk Pacific private Bill being on the Order paper, my expectation is that the hon. gentleman in charge of that will take It up. That with other private Bills may occupy some time. If we reach government Orders, we may proceed with some resolutions and Bills, and if we reach Supply, we will take up the main estimates of the Department of Railways and Canals.