May 27, 1921

L LIB

John Howard Sinclair

Laurier Liberal

Mr. SINCLAIR (Guysborough) :

What was the amount of traffic at this wharf last year?

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Fleming Blanchard McCurdy (Minister of Public Works)

Nationalist Liberal

Mr. McCURDY:

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.

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Item agreed to. Alice Arm-wharf-conditional on Provincial Government building road, $18,500.


L LIB

John Howard Sinclair

Laurier Liberal

Mr. SINCLAIR (Guysborough) :

According to the item, this work is conditional on the Provincial Government building a road. What does that mean?

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Fleming Blanchard McCurdy (Minister of Public Works)

Nationalist Liberal

Mr. McCURDY:

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.

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Fleming Blanchard McCurdy (Minister of Public Works)

Nationalist Liberal

Mr. McCURDY:

This vote has been

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.

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L LIB

John Howard Sinclair

Laurier Liberal

Mr. SINCLAIR (Guysborough) :

How

much has been spent on the construction to date?

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William Stevens Fielding

Unionist (Liberal)

Mr. FIELDING:

Is not that a departure from the general policy laid down, that no new works will be undertaken?

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Fleming Blanchard McCurdy (Minister of Public Works)

Nationalist Liberal

Mr. McCURDY:

It was decided some

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.

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William Stevens Fielding

Unionist (Liberal)

Mr. FIELDING:

We are being told in

all other parts of the country that no new wharves will be undertaken, and the

non. minister is not living up to the principle he has laid down. I am afraid he will find this departure embarrassing for him elsewhere.

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L LIB

John Howard Sinclair

Laurier Liberal

Mr. SINCLAIR (Guysborough) :

In what constituency is this work to be done?

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Item agreed to. Boswell-floating: wharf, $8,500.


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Fleming Blanchard McCurdy (Minister of Public Works)

Nationalist Liberal

Mr. McCURDY:

It is a new construction but it is also a revote.

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L LIB

Ernest Lapointe

Laurier Liberal

Mr. LAPOINTE:

The hon. member for

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.

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May 27, 1921