This, I suppose, will
include certain works which are still going on on the western side of the harbour, and also the work at 'Courtenay bay. I should be glad if the minister would make a short statement with regard to the work at Courtenay bay, and for this reason: Owing to the fact that the agreement which has recently been come to between the provincial Government and this Government in regard to the Valley railway cancels the original contract for the construction of the railway all the way from St. John to Grand Falls by what is known as the eastern route, so far as the last 30 miles of the road nearest to St. John are concerned, there is an apprehension on the part of a good many people in St. John that it is not intended to utilize, to any large extent at all events, the facilities which it was proposed to provide at Courtenay bay. When the iplan for the development of Courtenay bay was laid out some years ago, the late Mr. Hays, who was president of the Grand Trunk Pacific railway, was consulted with reference to the terminals there, and he gave his hearty approval, being of the opinion that the new Transcontinental railroad would require at St. John all the facilities that could be provided at Courtenay bay; and he was very much averse, from a railway standpoint, to being compelled to use the facilities which the Canadian Pacific are now enjoying upon the western side of the harbour. I should be very sorry indeed if the Government contemplated either discontinuing or curtailing the work of development at Courtenay 'bay, and I am sure it would be a very great disappointment to the people of St. John. I think it would be well if no changes were made in the plans, so far as the development of 'Courtenay bay is concerned. Perhaps the minister might make a short statement to reassure and encourage the people of St. John.