May 26, 1905

CON
LIB

Joseph Raymond Fournier Préfontaine (Minister of Marine and Fisheries)

Liberal

Mr. PREFONTAINE.

It is done under the supervision of Mr. Stewart a highly qualified engineer who has been at the head of the department for the last ten or twelve years.

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LIB

Joseph Raymond Fournier Préfontaine (Minister of Marine and Fisheries)

Liberal

Mr. PREFONTAINE.

Yes. He is a graduate of Kingston, and is aided by certain permanent officers as well as by temporary engineers.

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Robert Laird Borden (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. R. L. BORDEN.

Has he charge of the work on both the Atlantic and Pacific coasts ?

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Joseph Raymond Fournier Préfontaine (Minister of Marine and Fisheries)

Liberal

Mr. PREFONTAINE.

Yes. Unfortunately one of our best young officers, Mr. Tyr-whitt, died a few days ago. and we must get some one to replace him. It is very peculiar and important work requiring engineers of high qualification.

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Robert Laird Borden (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. R. L. BORDEN.

Do you propose to re-survey and re-chart the whole of the Atlantic coast ?

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Joseph Raymond Fournier Préfontaine (Minister of Marine and Fisheries)

Liberal

Mr. PREFONTAINE.

So much as concerns the navigation of the St. Lawrence. We do not propose to go further than Belle Isle ; we will take up what has not been done by the British government.

Mr. R, L. BORDEN. I understand from the minister that the work done by the imperial government fifty years ago along the Atlantic coast required to be resurveyed. Do you include the southern coast of Nova Scotia, the Bay of Fundy, the en-trace to St. John Harbour ; do you propose to resurvey and re-chart that ?

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CON

Joseph Gédéon Horace Bergeron

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. BERGERON.

Is the Marconi station at the entrance to the Gulf in operation ?

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Joseph Raymond Fournier Préfontaine (Minister of Marine and Fisheries)

Liberal

Mr. PREFONTAINE.

There are at present six stations in operation and they are rendering the most valuable service. The Glace Bay station was the first established in 1902, in order to test the system and now it is running perfectly. Six stations have been established since I came to the department at an average cost of .$8,000 a station, and there are six more to be established.

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Joseph Gédéon Horace Bergeron

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. BERGERON.

Then a vessel coming up the gulf will be reported from station to

station.

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Joseph Raymond Fournier Préfontaine (Minister of Marine and Fisheries)

Liberal

Mr. PREFONTAINE.

There will be a complete chain of stations until they get to the St. Lawrence.

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CON
LIB

Joseph Raymond Fournier Préfontaine (Minister of Marine and Fisheries)

Liberal

Mr. PREFONTAINE.

The average distance is 200 miles and they communicate between themselves and the steamers.

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CON
LIB

Joseph Raymond Fournier Préfontaine (Minister of Marine and Fisheries)

Liberal

Mr. PREFONTAINE.

At Fame Point, Cape Race, Cape Ray, Heath Point, Point Amour, Cape Rich, Whittle Rocks. Of course the stations are not in a straight line because they are situated both on the Belle Isle route and on the Newfoundland route. When the other stations are erected both of the routes to the St. Lawrence will be fully equipped. I can say without boasting that when this station shall have been established, we will have a most perfect Marconi system.

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CON
LIB

Joseph Raymond Fournier Préfontaine (Minister of Marine and Fisheries)

Liberal

Mr. PREFONTAINE.

No ; there is a map showing where they are established.

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CON

May 26, 1905