June 10, 1922

RAILWAYS AND CAN ADS


The House in Committee of Supply, Mr. Gordon in the Chair. Railways and Canals-Welland Ship Canal- construction, $8,000,000.


CON

John Alexander Stewart

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. STEWART (Lanark):

Will the minister state how the $5,000,000 appropriation for this item stood at the end of the fiscal year?

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Donald MacBeth Kennedy

Progressive

Mr. KENNEDY (Essex):

That appropriation was all used up last year, and in addition there was expended $435,000 under a supplementary estimate.

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John Alexander Stewart

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. STEWART (Lanark):

With reference to the increase in the appropriation for this year, perhaps the minister would tell the committee what work is proposed to be done.

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PRO

Donald MacBeth Kennedy

Progressive

Mr. KENNEDY (Essex) :

The details in connection with the proposed expenditure of $8,000,000 are as follows: Sections 1 and 2, $2,000,000; sections 3 and 4, $2,700,000; section 5, $800,000; gravel, $40,000; sand, $200,000; cement, $1,000,000; metal work for locks, $330,000; timber, lock 1, $35,000; bridge superstructure, $250,000; moving superstructure, Grand Trunk bridge No. 11, $25,000; land expropriated not paid for, $110,000; engineering staff, $410,000; construction railway staff, $100,000; making a total of $8,000,000.

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CON

John Alexander Stewart

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. STEWART (Lanark):

Would the minister inform the committee how the work is being carried on, whether on straight contract or cost-plus basis?

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Donald MacBeth Kennedy

Progressive

Mr. KENNEDY (Essex):

Sections 1, 2 and 5 are being carried on under straight contract. On sections 3 and 4 the work was on a cost-plus basis. We have asked for tenders, and they are now in, and will be considered within the next day or two.

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CON

John Alexander Stewart

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. STEWART (Lanark):

What new

contracts have been entered into this year in connection with this work?

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IND

William Findlay Maclean

Independent Conservative

Mr. MACLEAN (York):

Can the minister give the committee some information about any new scale of rents that the department is charging for water-power in connection with our canals? I believe that the new plant near Peterborough is coming into operation. What does the Government propose to charge the HydroElectric for that service?

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Donald MacBeth Kennedy

Progressive

Mr. KENNEDY (Essex):

That matter is under consideration and has not been determined.

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William Findlay Maclean

Independent Conservative

Mr. MACLEAN (York) :

What does the Dominion Power Company, of Hamilton, pay for the power rights it has on the old Welland canal?

Supply-Welland Canal

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Donald MacBeth Kennedy

Progressive

Mr. KENNEDY (Essex):

I am afraid I cannot give that information offhand, but I shall be glad to give it to my hon. friend at an early date.

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William Findlay Maclean

Independent Conservative

Mr. MACLEAN (York):

Also the information on the other point.

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Thomas Henry McConica

Progressive

Mr. McCONICA:

Will the minister tell us something of the present status of the work,-what new construction is ahead, how far this appropriation will go towards completing the work, and what the condition of the canal will be when the work is completed? I have been told that the channel both above and below the canal is such that when this work is completed the canal will be s'.e to accommodate no larger boats than are now using the old canal; in other words, that this new construction will add comparatively little to the navigability of that water route.

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Donald MacBeth Kennedy

Progressive

Mr. KENNEDY (Essex):

The original estimate of the cost of the whole canal was $50,000,000. Contracts for sections 1, 2, 3 and 5 were let in 1913, at an estimated value of $20,350,000. When the contracts were abandoned under agreement early in 1918, the total expenditure on the work to the end of 1918, including the purchase of plant, material and stores from contractors was $16,069,000. Work was resumed under cost-plus agreements in January, 1919, and total expenditure to March 31, 1921, was $25,340,000. Early in 1921, Section 5 was put under contract; later in the isame year, Sections 1 and 2 were combined and re-let; and at present Sections 3 and 4 are about to be placed under contract. The estimated value of a schedule-rate contract for completion of Sections 3 and 4 combined is $16,500,000, which includes $2,000,000 for plant and stores which the successful tenderer will have to take over. The estimated amount yet required to fully complete the canal from Lake Erie to Lake Ontario is $55,000,000.

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William Findlay Maclean

Independent Conservative

Mr. MACLEAN (York) :

Will the minister say what will be the position of the completed Welland canal in relation to the proposed further improved waterways system in order to allow the passage of seagoing vessels to the ports of the upper lakes?

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Donald MacBeth Kennedy

Progressive

Mr. KENNEDY (Essex):

When this

canal is completed, I understand, there will be a depth of 25 feet available for vessels,

as against 14 feet in the old canal. There will be that additional draught which will mean increased tonnage.

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June 10, 1922