June 24, 1922

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Some hon. MEMBERS:

Carried.

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William Lyon Mackenzie King (Prime Minister; President of the Privy Council; Secretary of State for External Affairs)

Liberal

Mr. MACKENZIE KING:

These items are all for necessary repairs and perhaps they had better be taken together. It is not likely that hon. members will take exception to any, so they might go through as they are. If any hon. gentleman desires to take exception to any item it is open to him to do so.

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Item agreed to. Harbours and Rivers, Quebec-$236,785.


CON

Henry Lumley Drayton

Conservative (1867-1942)

Sir HENRY DRAYTON:

Just one question. I take it from what my right hon. friend has said that these are for essential repairs. You are not going on with new works?

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William Lyon Mackenzie King (Prime Minister; President of the Privy Council; Secretary of State for External Affairs)

Liberal

Mr. MACKENZIE KING:

There may be one or two very small exceptions, but the votes would be for work that has been long standing and should really have been undertaken before this.

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PRO

John Warwick King

Progressive

Mr. KING (Kootenay) :

Not extensions, but necessary additions. It is not new work.

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Item agreed to. Manitoba-Delta-Completion of protection work, $1,500; Winnipegosis wharf, $3,100.


PRO

Donald Ferdinand Kellner

Progressive

Mr. KELLNER:

In regard to this

wharf at Winnipegosis, the deputy minister asked me to present a statement. He was very careful, and very wisely asked me not to over-estimate what I thought it would cost to build this wharf. I personally visited the ground and ascertained the cost of securing the land on which it was to be built, and the cost of building it, and the least possible I considered it could be built for, was $4,000. I would ask why it has been reduced to $3,100.

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John Warwick King

Progressive

Mr. KING (Kootenay):

This is the estimate made up by the district engineer as to cost.

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Harry Leader

Progressive

Mr. LEADER:

I wish to say a few

words in connection with the recent floods in Manitoba. If the Government had acted upon my suggestion when I brought the matter up some weeks ago, it would not have been necessary to have said anything to-night. At that time I suggested that the Government should bring down, in the supplementary estimates, an item to take care of the damage. I see they have not made any provision for that. Therefore, it is up to me to say a few words on it to-night.

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George Newcombe Gordon (Deputy Speaker and Chair of Committees of the Whole of the House of Commons)

Liberal

The CHAIRMAN:

The hon. gentleman would not be in order under this item. This is for temporary wharf accommodation. He would have to take some other opportunity.

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Harry Leader

Progressive

Mr. LEADER:

I was given the assurance this afternoon that I would be allowed to bring it up.

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George Newcombe Gordon (Deputy Speaker and Chair of Committees of the Whole of the House of Commons)

Liberal

The CHAIRMAN:

I am in the hands of the committee.

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Some hon. MEMBERS:

Go ahead.

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Harry Leader

Progressive

Mr. LEADER:

A statement was made by the Minister of the Interior that no claims had been made with regard to this flood in Manitoba. It is only natural that I, as representing that constituency, should receive any claims that were made. I will not weary the House by quoting them all. Here is a letter from J. A. Hirtle, of Headingly, and I have a letter from Mr. G. H. Kelly. These gentlemen claim, on behalf of others in the district, that they should be compensated for any work they did in connection with the recent floods.

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Jacques Bureau (Minister of Customs and Excise)

Liberal

Mr. BUREAU:

What is the matter

with the province of Manitoba compensating them?

Supply-Public Works

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Harry Leader

Progressive

Mr. LEADER:

I beg leave to present a resolution passed by the councillors of Cartier and St. Francois-Xavier, which reads as follows:

Whereas the settlers along the Assiniboine river east of Portage la Prairie since the earliest times have suffered great loss and damage through high water;

And whereas the water of said river have overflowed its bank in greater or less volume every year;

And whereas the high water of 1902, 1904 and 1916 have caused great damage in our municipalities and have driven many settlers out of the district;

And whereas the residents of said municipalities have worked, day and night, to dyke a large portion of 6aid river and thus prevent thousands of acres from being flooded;

And whereas the flood 1922 wdll bankrupt many farmers if financial help is not forthcoming ;

Be it therefore resolved, that the federal Government at Ottawa immediately investigate the damages caused by the flood of 1922', compensate those who suffered losses, indemnify the settlers for the work done and take adequate measures to prevent the recurrence of these floods in future, and further,

Be it also resolved, that a copy of the above resolution be mailed to the Honourable Prime Minister of Canada, the leader of the Opposition, Mr. T. A. Crerar and our member, Mr. Harry Leader.

It has been stated that it has driven many settlers off the land. We have spent millions to bring settlers into this country, and here is one place where, with a little financial help, we could retain the settlers already on the land. It has been stated in this House that a satisfied settler is the best immigration agent the country can have:

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William Lyon Mackenzie King (Prime Minister; President of the Privy Council; Secretary of State for External Affairs)

Liberal

Mr. MACKENZIE KING:

Perhaps the hon. member would permit the Committee on Railway Rates to present their report. This committee could rise and ask leave to sit again, so that the chairman of that special committee dealing with transportation costs could present their report.

Progress reported.

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June 24, 1922