March 4, 1910

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Oswald Smith Crocket

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. CROCKET.

Is it intended to expend any of this money in dredging the Oromocto shoals on the St. John riven during the coming season?

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William Pugsley (Minister of Public Works)

Liberal

Mr. PUGSLEY.

It has not been positively decided, but I recognize the necessity for the work, and I think it is not unlikely that a portion of the money will be expended there.

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William Pugsley (Minister of Public Works)

Liberal

Mr. PUGSLEY.

Yes, we have had requests from the board of trade at Fredericton and, I think, from the council.

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Oswald Smith Crocket

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. CROCKET.

I understand that there was a contract let for the work in the summer of 1908 to the Maritime Dredging and Construction Company. Was any work done under that contract?

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William Pugsley (Minister of Public Works)

Liberal

Mr. PUGSLEY.

That was in 1908. I have not that here, but my hon. friend can find it in the Auditor General's Report. If the work is continued there public tenders will be invited during this season for it.

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Oswald Smith Crocket

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. CROCKET.

That is information that I would like to have. It is a portion of the St. John river in which the people of my constituency are very much interested inasmuch as the depth of water on the shoals governs the size of vessels that are able to get up to Fredericton, and we understand that these shoals have been filling up, and that navigation has been very considerably interfered with during the last year or two. I would like to know just what work was done under the contract let in 1908, how much was paid to the contractors under it, and if any work was - done during the past year.

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William Pugsley (Minister of Public Works)

Liberal

Mr. PUGSLEY.

Of course, my hon. friend can find out from the report of 1908.

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William Pugsley (Minister of Public Works)

Liberal

Mr. PUGSLEY.

I do not keep everything in my pocket or in my head. There must be 1,250 of 1,500 works going on in different parts of Canada, and I do not keep all the details in my head.

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William Pugsley (Minister of Public Works)

Liberal

Mr. PUGSLEY.

No, my officers should not either. We are asking for an appropriation for 1910-11. It does not follow that when we come here we will have information as to all the work which was done two years ago.

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Oswald Smith Crocket

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. CROCKET.

I think I am entitled as a member of the committee to ask the minister for it, and the minister is entitled to give it to me.

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William Pugsley (Minister of Public Works)

Liberal

Mr. PUGSLEY.

I will be very glad to get it for the hon. gentleman, and furnish it to him at a convenient time, but I will not go down to my office to-night, and unlock the office to get it. I am not going to send the chief engineer, and I am not going, unless by the desire of this committee, to stay my estimates until it can be hunted up.

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William Pugsley (Minister of Public Works)

Liberal

Mr. PUGSLEY.

My hon. friend wanted to know about the work at Oromocto. Last year a channel 18,400 feet long, 225 feet wide, and with a depth of 11 feet was dredged. That was quite an important portion of the work.

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March 4, 1910