The minister is aware that there is a coal mine operating in there and shipping coal down the river. The capacity of the mine at the present time is 100 tons per day, and during the season of navigation the market is entirely down the river. The river is open for navigation for some 300 miles, except for 15 miles, and I think there are only a few points where work will be required to make the river navigable for the whole distance. A substantial quantity of coal is used by the inhabitants in the district along the river. I understand the matter has been under consideration for the last three years, and promises have been made that attention would be given to it. The people there are anticipating a vote, an appropriation, which I thought would be included in this item. Will the minister put it in the sup-plementaries, or at least give it further consideration?
Subtopic: DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS