The questions I asked the minister and which were addressed through you, Mr. Chairman, were these: If the Government are building permanent highways; and if so, do they consider limestone a metal which will make a road likely to last longer than two or three years?
The Ontario Government have experts in road building who have been appointed purposely to construct these roads. Our engineers go over each road with their experts, and they decide on the materials to be used and whether such will make a permanent road. The engineers of the Department of Railways and Canals together with those of the Ontario Government then come to a decision which is acted upon.
(Translation.) Mr. Chairman, I wish to inquire of the hon. minister what has been done in connection of a small bridge that crosses the Lachine canal. Two years ago, I had requested the hon. minister to practically rebuild that small bridge, which had become inadequate and dangerous, and I was told at the time that the matter would be taken into consideration; but a year has elapsed and nothing has been done. I would like to know from the hon. minister whether some work was really done on that bridge during last year.
I would like to have that information. It is a small bridge crossing the Lachine canal on the locks, in the city of Lachine itself, opposite the City Hall. That bridge has become dangerous, and a promise was made to me that they would make the repairs required to make it satisfactory.