May 22, 1925

SUPPLY PUBLIC WORKS


The House in committee of Supply, Mr. Gordon in the chair. Public Works-chargeable to income-harbours and rivers-Ontario, $1,215,875.


LIB

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

Liberal

The CHAIRMAN:

Is it the pleasure of

the committee to take up the appropriations in this vote item by item?

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Arthur Meighen (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. MEIGHEN:

Item by item.

Beaumaris-repairs to wharf, $1,000.

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James Horace King (Minister of Public Works)

Liberal

Hon. J. H. KING (Minister of Public Works):

I think if hon. members will glance

over the list of items that go to make up the total of this vote, they will see that these items are largely for repairs and replacements or improvements. There is an increase this year in the vote over last year. That is largely made up of three or four items, namely, the harbour of Goderich where there is an increase of something like $80,000 over last year; the harbour of Oshawa, where there is a new work that was approved of by parliament in a vote last year; and the work at Port Maitland. Port Maitland was formerly under the control of the Department of Railways and1 Canals, but it has been transferred to the Public Works department. The work

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being done there is necessary to maintain the harbour. Finally there is Port Stanley; there is also an increase under this head, but the work to be done there is essential.

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CON

Arthur Meighen (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. MEIGHEN:

What are all these

for? Are they new votes, or are they simply the ordinary " pork-barrel " votes?

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PRO

John Warwick King

Progressive

Mr. KING (Kootenay):

I made the statement just a moment ago that I thought members in glancing down the list would find the items to be largely for improvements of harbours, or replacements and repairs. As we go on, that statement will be found to be correct. The first item is a small amount of SI.000 for repairs to a structure on lake Muskoka, which is used largely during the tourist season. The larger ships using the wharf are those owned by the Muskoka Lake Navigation and Hotel Company, the Archer Lines Lake Service Company and the Muskoka Lake Navigation Company. These boats not only serve the local people but provide connection with the National and Canadian Pacific Railways.

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Item agreed to. Blind River-dredging. $47,000.


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John Warwick King

Progressive

Mr. KING (Kootenay):

This amount is

required to complete a contract for dredging entered into in 1924-25. The contract which was awarded to Messrs. A. B. McLean and Sons, is for the dredging of a channel, 9,260 feet in length, and 150 feet wide, to a depth of 16 feet. The contract was made late in the fall, and we are asking this year for a vote of $47,000, of which $22,000 is a revote. The amount is required to complete the contract.

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Edward Joseph Garland

Progressive

Mr. GARLAND (Bow River):

Could the minister tell us when the work was first commenced on this river, and what the total expenditure has been up to date?

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John Warwick King

Progressive

Mr. KING (Kootenay):

Yes. There has

been construction work done there amounting to $48,855.86, repair work amounting to 84843.41, and dredging amounting to $60,019.91.

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May 22, 1925