June 17, 1926

LIB

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

Liberal

Mr. KING (Kootenay):

I would say in

reply to my hon. friend that the reports that have been made to the department for work at this point were made subsequent to the making up of these estimates. I think in addition to an extension of the breakwater, they are requesting also dredging, to deepen the channel at that point. The matter is before the engineering department, and is receiving consideration.

Supply-Public Works

Topic:   QUESTIONS
Subtopic:   DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS
Permalink
CON

Murray MacLaren

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. MacLAREN:

I might point out to the minister that I do not think there is any application for an extension of the breakwater. I think they are asking for certain repairs. I know personally that this wharf does require repairs, but what is essential is dredging, so that the boats can get to the wharf, because at present the water is so shallow that they cannot get in there.

Topic:   QUESTIONS
Subtopic:   DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS
Permalink
LIB

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

Liberal

Mr. KING (Kootenay):

The repairs to the structure will amount practically to a reconstruction, because they are very heavy repairs. Minor repairs could be taken care of out of the general vote, but I understand that the dredging is the larger item, and that is being investigated.

Topic:   QUESTIONS
Subtopic:   DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS
Permalink
CON

Murray MacLaren

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. MacLAREN:

Will the minister give me some indication that he will have this matter closely followed up? I know as a matter of fact that many men imperil their lives on many occasions during the fishing season. They have not the shelter that they are fairly entitled to.

Topic:   QUESTIONS
Subtopic:   DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS
Permalink
CON

Otto Baird Price

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. PRICE:

I would direct the minister's attention to the item of $8,400 for repairs to the breakwater at Cape Bald. I would point out that the expenditure in my constituency, the county of Westmorland, does not seem t.o be very large in view of the requirements there. I was in hopes that the minister might be able to announce that the work of construction of a post office at Moncton would be proceeded with this year, especially in view of the fact that the net revenue received from the post office at the city of Moncton is $331,640 per annum, Moncton standing sixth in the list of revenue producers in the whole of Canada. Tenders were called for and an estimate has been made that the post office could be constructed for $205,000, or an amount considerably less than the net revenue derived from that, post ofiice in one year. I was therefore in hopes that the work would be proceeded with this year. I should like to ask if the minister has this matter under consideration, and will have this work proceeded with as soon as possible. I do not propose at this time to discuss the expenditure that was made there in connection with the purchase of that property. It was no doubt a considerable sum over and above what the property is assessed for, but I shall not criticize that at this time.

In connection with the Cape Bald breakwater, 1 would point out to the minister that there is a need which is really deserving of as much consideration as the repairs to the breakwater if not more, and that is an ex-

[Mr. J. H. King.)

tension of the pier head at that point. The _ wharf is used largely as a shelter for small fishing boats and vessels that come in there for protection against the tides, and considerable loss of property has occurred there in the last few years. While the pier is of some service, it really requires an extension of at least 100 feet. This is a farming and fishing locality, largely inhabited by French-Acadian people, and they have their difficulties to meet with at that place. In view of the large revenue that is being turned into the federal treasury from my constituency, I would like some assurance from the minister that he will see that this pier head is extended this season, in order that these fishermen may have protection and their boats and motors given ample protection during the season. I am very glad to see this item for repairs, but I would like an assurance from the minister -that the pier head will be extended at that point in order that better protection may be afforded.

Topic:   QUESTIONS
Subtopic:   DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS
Permalink
LIB

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

Liberal

Mr. KING (Kootenay):

I have the advantage of personal knowledge of conditions at this point. I visited Cape Bald two years ago, and I found the breakwater in very, very bad condition. In fact, unless the necessary repairs had been made there would have been no breakwater there at all. This item of 18,400 is to complete and retain the present breakwater. I agree with my hon. friend that an extension of the pier head or front of the breakwater would be of advantage to the fishermen and give them greater shelter, but the most essential thing just now is to preserve the pier, and that is what this vote is for. The representations of my hon. friend with regard to an extension will be inquired into. I think there is something in what he says. I know the position there is very exposed, and that there are great difficulties for those who are engaged in fishing.

Topic:   QUESTIONS
Subtopic:   DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS
Permalink
CON

Richard Burpee Hanson

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. HANSON:

What improvements are contemplated at Burton court house? This place is in my constituency and I should like to get information as to what is proposed.

Topic:   QUESTIONS
Subtopic:   DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS
Permalink
LIB

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

Liberal

Mr. KING (Kootenay):

It is proposed to rebuild the face and outer end of each side of the wharf, from the low water level. We are doing that work in concrete. Formerly these wharves were of timber construction, but since we have taken them over we are using concrete, hoping that the work will be more of a permanent character and that there will be no need for annual repairs.

Topic:   QUESTIONS
Subtopic:   DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS
Permalink
CON

Richard Burpee Hanson

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. HANSON:

The repaiis are necessary on account of the ice?

Supply-Public Works

Topic:   QUESTIONS
Subtopic:   DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS
Permalink
LIB

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

Liberal

Mr. KING (Kootenay):

Yes.

Topic:   QUESTIONS
Subtopic:   DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS
Permalink
CON

Richard Burpee Hanson

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. HANSON:

I hope the experiment will be a success. Will the work be done by tender or by day labour?

Topic:   QUESTIONS
Subtopic:   DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS
Permalink
LIB

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

Liberal

Mr. KING (Kootenay):

It is repair work, and the engineer's recommendation is that it be done by day labour.

Topic:   QUESTIONS
Subtopic:   DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS
Permalink
CON

Richard Burpee Hanson

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. HANSON:

If the work were done by contract it would be done just as well and cost probably less. I am not going to press the point but I make that suggestion for the minister's consideration. I think he will save money by acting on it, and get just as good a job done.

Topic:   QUESTIONS
Subtopic:   DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS
Permalink
LIB

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

Liberal

Mr. KING (Kootenay):

My hon. friend knows from his own experience that when you go to repair these old structures it is veiy difficult to tell what the cost will be until you take the structures down, and as you go down you find the condition, probably a little 'better than you anticipated or somewhat worse. We find from experience that these structures can be better repaired under the control of departmental officials than they can by contract.

Topic:   QUESTIONS
Subtopic:   DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS
Permalink
CON

Leslie Gordon Bell

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. BELL (St. John):

Will the minister inform me whether the item of $45,000 for harbours and rivers generally includes any provision for the small structure I spoke to him about at Hopewell cape, in Albert county? I do not remember whether I spoke to the minister before this estimate was made up or not. If no provision for the purpose mentioned is made in the present vote I should like to know if the minister contemplates placing an item in the supplementary estimates?

Topic:   QUESTIONS
Subtopic:   DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS
Permalink
LIB

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

Liberal

Mr. KING (Kootenay):

I would -take it from my hon. friend's remarks that only a small expenditure is required there?

Topic:   QUESTIONS
Subtopic:   DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS
Permalink
CON
LIB

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

Liberal

Mr. KING (Kootenay):

If it is found by the engineering department that an expenditure is necessary for the maintenance of the wharf in question, it will come out of the vote of $45,000, which is at the disposal of the department to meet cases of the kind suggested by my hon. friend. We have no special item here for the Hopewell cape wharf.

Topic:   QUESTIONS
Subtopic:   DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS
Permalink
CON

Robert Rogers

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. ROGERS:

Would the minister explain how he proposes to expend the $45,000?

Topic:   QUESTIONS
Subtopic:   DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS
Permalink
LIB

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

Liberal

Mr. KING (Kootenay):

There are a few items reported by the engineering department that will be charged against this vote.

At Bathurst there will be an expenditure for wharf repairs of $300; at Bayside, $250; at Bedford, $200 and at Campbellton, $300. These are deep water wharves. At Cassils, Northumberland county, it is proposed to expend $150 on wharf repairs. For Cocagne an item is noted but the amount is not stated. There is an item for Lameque, Gloucester county, but the amount is not given. In all there are probably thirty items varying in amounts from $100 to $600.

Topic:   QUESTIONS
Subtopic:   DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS
Permalink

June 17, 1926