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 ?
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.
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.
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.