The District Engineer, Mr. Burbridge, reporting on the commercial necessity of this wharf, states that the extension of the present wharf is required to handle increasing traffic coming to and leaving the port of The Pas. This port is the distributing point for all points on the Saskatchewan river and its tributaries. One firm handled 800 tons of freight alone, and 7,500 tons of copper ore were landed at The Pas . in 1920. The Provincial Government I am informed is building a railway to the large copper deposits of Northern Manitoba, and the material to be used will have to be handled by water.
Alice Arm is a mining town of growing importance a hundred miles north of Prince Rupert. The population at present is approximately 400. A regular boat service is maintained by the Union Steamship Company to Vancouver, and considerable quantities of supplies, mining machinery, etc., will go into the country in the next few years. A short rail line from the proposed wharf to the Dolly Varden mines will be built.
asked for and granted year by year. The construction has been delayed in view of a prospective understanding with the Provincial Government that a road would be built to connect the wharf with the district which will be served by the wharf. The road is under contract now. The Provincial Government have given a contract for its completion and it is anticipated that the construction of the wharf will be proceeded with.
years ago to construct this wharf and a vote has appeared in the Estimates from year to year. The Estimate this year is therefore only a revote, the policy in regard to this construction having been decided, presumably, when the vote was first granted. As I have explained, the construction was deferred because of negotiations with the Provincial Government, and it is felt that it would hardly be proper, now that they have fulfilled their part of the bargain and have agreed to build the road, that we should recede from the undertaking.
Shelburne and Queen's (Mr. Fielding) is perfectly right. The fact that these things may have been decided upon years ago is no excuse for commencing new constructions now, when we have no money. Expenditures should be curtailed, and I for one protest against any money being voted for new wharves or any other new public works.