Before we pass from this item of $90,000 for Prince Edward Mr. HYMAN.
Island, I would call the attention of the hon. Minister to the harbour of Belle River, on the southern side of the island, where there is a great deal of business done. I think a small appropriation, perhaps $4,000 or $5,000, would put that harbour in a very efficient condition. I think there are some reports in the hon. gentleman's department in regard to Belle River. I think that a sum was voted some years ago, or was proposed to be voted, for the improvement of that harbour. This is a section of the country in which a good deal of business is done, and if the hon. gentleman would give his attention to the matter, and look at the reports in his office, I think he would come to the conclusion that an expenditure such as I have suggested is necessary at this point.
This work is under contract. The contract was let on the 11th October, and amounted to $35,300. In addition to that, the department were called upon, as the result of an arbitration, to pay $35,000 for the wharf. It is only fair to tell the committee that from the information the department have it will be necessary to ask for another vote in the supplementary estimates. The wharf at Camp-bellton is not at all sufficient for the amount of business that is being done there. There is the boat service by the south shore, which it will be imperative practically to provide a landing for. In addition to that, the number of boats loading lumber every year and the shipping generally are increasing to such an extent that the department will be justified in asking the House for a further vote, on which this whole work can be discussed.
It is a difficult matter. If the hon. Minister of Agriculture is here, I think he will go on with his estimates, but I would not like to be bound down to saying exactly what we will go on with. It will be private members' day, and I suppose it will be taken up with private members' business. -