August 6, 1917

CON

Robert Rogers (Minister of Public Works)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. ROGERS:

Of course they will do that if they can.

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Rodolphe Lemieux

Liberal

Mr. LEMIEUX:

Have the works at River St. Charles been resumed?

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CON

Robert Rogers (Minister of Public Works)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. ROGERS:

Owing to the policy of economizing as much as possible, a portion of the work under the existing contract is being delayed, but a portion has been resumed; that is the providing of a bridge across the river, which was necessary, and preparation for the erection of a shipbuilding plant under the programme of the Imperial Munitions Board, which awarded contracts for the erection of four ships to parties at Quebec. The board have been in communication with the Department of Public Works for some time with a view to getting a piece of ground which we had expropriated there, for the purpose of establishing a shipbuilding plant.

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William Manley German

Liberal

Mr. GERMAN:

Representations have

been made to the minister in connection with a public building fur a post office and custom house at Thorold, and I was given to understand there was to be something in the estimates for that purpose. Thorold

is a growing town, with large numbers of extensive factories, and the post office facilities are absolutely inadequate for the public service. It is almost imperative that there should be a public building there for post office and customs purposes. I trust the minister will have something in the supplementary estimates for this and will at least make a beginning this year, even if he does not have money enough to complete the enterprise.

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Robert Rogers (Minister of Public Works)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. ROGERS:

I should be very glad to accommodate my hon. friend but, in view of the existing conditions, I am afraid it will he impossible, especially as I have not one single new item in the estimates.

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LIB

William Manley German

Liberal

Mr. GERMAN:

What about the Cardinal building?

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CON

Robert Rogers (Minister of Public Works)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. ROGERS:

That is the only one, and it was arranged for previous to the change of policy of the Government. When we come to the next item I hope my hon. friend will give me credit for practising economy in the construction of public buildings. I hope the day is not far distant when we shall be able to accommodate my hon. friend at Thorold.

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LIB

Daniel Duncan McKenzie

Liberal

Mr. McKENZIE:

In the Island of Cape Breton, there are quite a number of telegraph lines owned by the Government, and they are very useful institutions, serving an excellent purpose in many sections where there are no other telegraph lines. I understood it was the intention of the department to change these telegraph offices into telephone offices. Is that so? And have any been converted?

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Robert Rogers (Minister of Public Works)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. ROGERS:

It was the desire to make many changes along that line, but they have not been made up to date because we have been keeping down expenses and putting off the work from time to time.

In the Supplementary estimates we are making some extensions in Cape Breton, and I shall be very glad, when the deputy is here, to give any information that is available in the department in reference to the telegraph system of the Maritime Provinces.

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LIB

Daniel Duncan McKenzie

Liberal

Mr. McKENZIE:

In the county of Inverness there is practically a new line running from Margaree through lake Ainslie into Whyeocomagh and on, connecting with the Intercolonial at Orangedale. It is quite a lengthy line and very serviceable indeed. This place called Lake Ainslie is my birthplace, and I am quite familiar with the conditions there. There is a settlement

about ten miles along the east side of this beautiful lake, and I think they have only one office in the ten miles. There has been a good deal of negotiation back and forth in the effort to get another office. There is a place of resort and a fishing place called Trout Brook, where there is a little hotel, and where many people go, and a telegraph office near that point would be a great convenience and would be of great public service. The minister might inquire as to some of his friends who might get the office there; I am not seeking for patronage, but only want to see that this public convenience is put in the most central place in that part of the county, particularly on account of the great number o.f strangers who go there and sometimes desire to communicate with the outside world. The nearest telegraph office would be at Whyeocomagh or the first telegraph office on the other side of this place at three miles down. It is not a matter of very great expense, and I wish the minister would make a note of it and see that something is done.

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Robert Rogers (Minister of Public Works)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. ROGERS:

I think I had this matter before me two or three days ago, and on the recommendation of the officers of the department some action was taken-just exactly what it was I have no idea-with a view of meeting the necessity which appears to exist, which my hon. friend describes. I shall be glad to take a note of it, and get the details.

In reference to item 142, "Public Works- Miscellaneous-$936,641.50," hon. gentlemen will find a reduction of eleven or twelve millions, so they will see how full of economy we are, in reducing the expenditure during war time. This item was passed -the other day.

Life saving stations, including rewards for saving life, $125,400.

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LIB

George Perry Graham

Liberal

Mr. GRAHAM:

How many of these on the Pacific, and how many on the Atlantic?

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John Douglas Hazen (Minister of Marine and Fisheries; Minister of the Naval Service)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. HAZEN:

In British Columbia, four; Ontario, ten; New Brunswick, four; Nova Scotia, fifteen; Quebec, one, and Prince Edward Island, five.

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LIB

Rodolphe Lemieux

Liberal

Mr. LEMIEUX:

Might I renew my humble request that life-saving stations be established around Gaspe?

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CON

John Douglas Hazen (Minister of Marine and Fisheries; Minister of the Naval Service)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. HAZEN:

I will be glad to make a note of the suggestion.

Progress reported.

On motion of Hon. Mr. Rogers, the House adjourned at 10.40 p.m.

Tuesday, August 7, 1917.

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August 6, 1917