May 19, 1905

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Henry Robert Emmerson (Minister of Railways and Canals)

Liberal

Mr. EMMERSON.

These are several items that arose in connection with the working of the canal and the making of repairs for the season. I can give the dif-

ferent items. We replaced wooden by cast iron mooring posts on locks and approaches at a cost of $4,230. i

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Henry Robert Emmerson (Minister of Railways and Canals)

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Mr. EMMERSON.

These were repairs of which the department had not been advised at the time the main estimates were prepared.

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Joseph Gédéon Horace Bergeron

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. BERGERON.

How much was there In the main estimates for this work ?

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Henry Robert Emmerson (Minister of Railways and Canals)

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Mr. EMMERSON.

In addition to the posts there were the following: Underpinning crib at lower approach to lock 4, raising Wellington bridge, removing and renewing broken pivot, four 150 ton hydraulic jacks, four 25 ton hydraulic jacks for raiilsing large bridges, building line fence and sidewalks at Cote St. Paul, clearing site of Wellington basin leased to the Moorehouse Goal Company, removing dross and stone stored for repairs and concrete wall on the south side of the tail race of the waste weir at Cote St. Paul.

Mr. HAGO AItT. Is that our own waste weir or the 'waste weir from the mill ?

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Henry Robert Emmerson (Minister of Railways and Canals)

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Mr. EMMERSON.

This is one of the waste weirs at Cote St. Paul in connection with the lock.

Beauharnois canal-repairs, $4,000.

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Joseph Gédéon Horace Bergeron

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. BERGERON.

Are the government going to keep that canal In operation ?

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Henry Robert Emmerson (Minister of Railways and Canals)

Liberal

Mr. EMMERSON.

We have to keep it in operation. It is used to a certain extent and while it is not very important as a canal it seems to be necessary to keep it up. There are some water-powers on it. I have not bean able to reach the conclusion that the canal should be abolished as a canal.

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Joseph Gédéon Horace Bergeron

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. BERGERON.

Has my bon. friend been approached in regard to utilizing the water-powers on the Canal?

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Henry Robert Emmerson (Minister of Railways and Canals)

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Mr. EMMERSON.

The matter has been up from time to time.. There have been applications made to the department from a good many sources, from eoi'porations and individuals, for water rights. I have not been able to determine the question or look into it as I would like to. I do not know what course should be pursued.

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Joseph Gédéon Horace Bergeron

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. BERGERON.

There are a few vessels passing through it. It is not a very costly work, as I understand, as there are very few men employed on it. It is important

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Henry Robert Emmerson (Minister of Railways and Canals)

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Mr. EMMERSON.

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however to keep it in repair as long as it is not costly because I can see that before long, if the hon. gentleman examines the subject, he may come to the conclusion that it would be a good thing to grant the right to use the water-powers. It would be an immense water-power, because there is about 80 feet of a chute. The canal is not in operatioit to-day to any great extent but it requites to be kept in repair because otherwise it would go to decay very soon.

St. Peter's canal-repairs, $500.

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Henry Robert Emmerson (Minister of Railways and Canals)

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Mr. EMMERSON.

Does my hon. friend want to discuss it now at this stage ? I expect to have it in the supplementaries for the coming year.

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May 19, 1905