Mr. DAVID SPENCE (Parkdale):
an additional 295 acres of property along the inner harbour waterfront, in addition to the reclamation of some one thousand acres of property known as the Eastern Harbour .Terminals, which was prior to 1912 Ashbridgu's Bay marsh.
It would not be easy to have access to that property if this railway were diverted to any other part of the city. The improvements were all brought about as a result of the proposed plans of the Canadian Pacific Railway, the Grand Trunk and the Harbour Commission.
The commission have proceeded absolutely along these lines in accordance with their undertaking and they and the Dominion government have to date expended approximately $19,000,000 thereon, reclaiming in the inner harbour to date 60 acres of new land and constructed three miles of modern dockage, of which 27 acres of land is now under lease and option. In the eastern section 450 acres have been reclaimed and 4^ miles of dockage constructed and 250 acres are now under lease and option. New industrial plant and equipment in the newly developed sections have been erected by private capital to the amount of approximately $8,000,000.
"W e must have access to these properties.
The main entrance to the eastern harbour terminals is, as is well known, via Cherry street, at which point there are 16 tracks, on the level. The viaduct order provided for the elevation of these tracks, and it was with the expectation that this would be done that the harbour commission undertook the reclamation and improvement of the eastern harbour terminals. Our tenants are still confronted with the necessity of having to use this dangerous crossing and times without number are subjected to unreasonable delay by the blocking of the crossing by freight trains and switching movements. Furthermore, the district is subjected to an added premium as regards fire insurance on account of the Cherry street level crossing.
Of course, matters such as these are of no consequence to railway companies as they apparently are not interested in the development of the eastern or central harbour terminals, and, just so long as they can operate trains in and out of Toronto at grade, little consideration will be given to this matter. The inconvenience or delay caused citizens in general in the carrying out of their daily business pursuits is apparently of little consequence in so far as railway interests are concerned.
All of the above moneys have been expended by the harbour commission in perfectly good faith and the interest and sinking fund charges have to be paid thereon from the revenue derived as a result of the improvement, and, if these properties are to be subjected to temporary approaches plus the closing of one of the main arteries, viz., Bay street, then there will be ninety acres of property in the inner harbour waterfront, between Simcoe and Church streets, valued at over four million dollars, a large amount of which wili remain idle for many years- Why? Because the railway companies refuse to carry out their portion of an agreement made between them, the city and harbour commission. The effect will be strangulation of inner harbour waterfront improvements.
The harbour commission and the city have repeatedly pressed for the commencement of the viaduct construction since 1913. mainly for the reason that the harbour commission were, as a result of the viaduct agreement, constructing and reclaiming pro-'
perty in the eastern harbour terminals and along the inner harbour waterfront; little consideration was given to these repeated requests for the reason that the railway companies were not suffering as a result of the delay.
Furthermore, as a condition of the agreement waterfront properties being improved were to be provided with proper access thereto, and I have no hesitancy in saying that the work would never have been proceeded with by the commissioners had it been anticipated for one moment that the agreement of 1913, solemnly executed by all parties, would not be carried to completion.
I need not read further. Hon. members will see that a solemn agreement was entered into between the Grand Trunk Railway Company, the Canadian Pacific Railway Company and the city of Toronto. The city is prepared to carry out the agreement. In view of the long delay by the railway companies to do their part, I think the Minister of Railways (Mr. Graham) should tell members from Toronto what action he proposes to take.