May 23, 1914

LIB

James Joseph Hughes

Liberal

Mr. J. J. HUGHES:

This is the second time this has been voted and I would like to know why the work has not been gone on with.

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CON

Robert Rogers (Minister of Public Works)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. ROGERS:

There is $24,000 of revote of last year's appropriation for the construction of two piers at this place. The delay is due to the fact that we could not arrive at an understanding with the owners of the adjoining land. If my hon, friend could help us out we would be glad to have his assistance.

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LIB
CON

Robert Rogers (Minister of Public Works)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. ROGERS:

We are asking a release as against damages to the surrounding land.

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LIB

James Joseph Hughes

Liberal

Mr. HUGHES:

Is it expected that by

opening the harbour the sand may Change its course? This is an outlet from a lake that crosses a sand bar.

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CON

Robert Rogers (Minister of Public Works)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. ROGERS:

To some extent. I do not know whether it would do a certain amount of injury.

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LIB

James Joseph Hughes

Liberal

Mr. HUGHES:

I understand that the

Conservative candidate in the last election wished to get the farmers owning the adjoining land to sign a document to the effect that if their land was injured by the construction of this work they would waive all claims against the Government, and that they refused to do so.

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CON
LIB

James Joseph Hughes

Liberal

Mr. HUGHES:

Is it usual to ask men whose land may be injured by the construction of public works to do that sort of thing?

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CON

Robert Rogers (Minister of Public Works)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. ROGERS:

It is always usual when

they would have the direct benefit they would have in this case from the work.

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LIB

James Joseph Hughes

Liberal

Mr. HUGHES:

In all probability it will not be possible to come to terms with these men on the conditions laid down by the department. Would it not be desirable to construct the harbour at some other place nearby where no such land injuries are likely to result?

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CON

Robert Rogers (Minister of Public Works)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. ROGERS:

I do not know that it

would be. I could not give an .answer without having a report from an engineer.

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LIB

James Joseph Hughes

Liberal

Mr. HUGHES:

I think there is a report in the department that a boat harbour can be constructed near there, at Long Point, without danger from drifting sands.

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CON

Robert Rogers (Minister of Public Works)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. ROGERS:

Could not my hon. friend convince the farmers that we are not asking too much from them? i

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LIB

James Joseph Hughes

Liberal

Mr. HUGHES:

I do not know. If their land is valuable and their farms would be destroyed, I think you are asking them to do too much when you ask them to waive all claim to damages. If I owned land there I certainly would not sign such a document and I do not think it is reasonable to ask them to do so. What is the use of having the vote here if it is not intended to expend the money.

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CON

Robert Rogers (Minister of Public Works)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. ROGERS:

We intend to expend the money if we can get the farmers to grant a relief.

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LIB

James Joseph Hughes

Liberal

Mr. HUGHES :

You cannot exipect that.

New Brunswick, Bathurst-harbour improve-merits, $100,000.

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LIB

Onésiphore Turgeon

Liberal

Mr. TURGEON:

In what way does the minister intend to do this work, by contract or by dredges belonging to the department?

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CON
LIB

May 23, 1914