June 17, 1926

LIB

William Duff (Deputy Speaker and Chair of Committees of the Whole of the House of Commons)

Liberal

The CHAIRMAN:

The next item is:

Harbours and rivers generally, $30,000.

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CON

John Anderson Fraser

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. FRASER:

Would the minister give a list of the items under harbours and rivers generally?

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LIB

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

Liberal

Mr. KING (Kootenay):

That is not known yet. These are small items that come up from time to time. This is the item we discussed this afternoon. It is to take care of unforeseen expenditures arising during the present year, ranging from two or three hundred dollars up to two thousand dollars. During the season the engineer may report that a work at Ladner, for instance, requires an expenditure of five or six thousand dollars. That would be met out of this vote.

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CON

John Anderson Fraser

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. FRASER:

There is a situation at the city of Prince George in connection with the

Nechacco river in regard to which I think the minister has a certain amount of information. Is he in a position to say whether favourable consideration will be given to an expenditure at that point?

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LIB

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

Liberal

Mr. KING (Kootenay):

In connection with the flooding of the river banks at Prince George, there have been requests made to the Public Works department, but I think if my hon. friend will investigate he will find that this is largely a railway matter. Railway lands are involved as well as private property, and as yet we have not seen our way clear to undertake work at that point.

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CON

Peter McGibbon

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. McGIBBON:

There has been a request made by the navigation companies on the Muskoka lakes for repair of the breakwater at Bracebridge, which has got badly out of repair. Can the minister say whether those repairs will be made this year?

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

Liberal

Mr. KING (Kootenay):

I think that is

being considered.

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Item agreed to.


CON

Robert Rogers

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. ROGERS:

It is getting late, and I think the minister is tired, as we all are. I am sure the Minister of Finance is very anxious to get home, he looks so tired. We have done a good day's work, and I think we can promise the minister that we will do a better day's work to-morrow if he would consent to the committee rising now.

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

Liberal

Mr. KING (Kootenay):

If it is the desire of the committee, I will move that we rise and report progress.

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CON

John Alexander (1874-1948) Macdonald

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. MACDONALD (Kings):

I was not

present when the items for Prince Edward Island were being passed a few nights ago, and I would like to ask the minister now with respect to the wharf at Georgetown in that province. Strong representations have been made by the Potato Growers' Association at Georgetown with regard to the necessity of frost proofing the warehouse there. This is not an ordinary expenditure. It is an expenditure that would appeal to the people of Prince Edward Island as a whole. Georgetown is the one late port for Prince Edward Island; it is more valuable than any other port for late shipping. The warehouse has been rebuilt at considerable expense during the past two or three years, but it is of very little value, comparatively speaking, unless it is frost proofed. The reason for that is that the growing of seed potatoes is becoming quite a large industry in Prince Edward Island, and a great many of these potatoes go by steamer to the southern United States, where they are re-

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quired about the month of January. If we had that warehouse frost proofed it would be possible to load the potatoes on the steamers at Georgetown from two to four weeks later than at any other port in the province. They could go late in December to the southern states and be distributed direct to the growers for seed, thereby saving a great deal of money in the handling. This is a matter of very great importance to the province, and I would ask the minister if he has considered it, and whether there will be an item in the supplementary estimates this year for that purpose.

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

Liberal

Mr. KING (Kootenay):

I am familiar with the situation at Georgetown. The government have reconditioned and renewed a very good wharf at that point, and have improved the shed accommodation. It is true that we have not made that shed frost proof, as I think it should be, for the accommodation of the farmers in the handling of their potatoes, but I would point out that at the present time the railway is on the narrow gauge. We understand that the railway is changing to the broad gauge, and once that is accomplished I think we will be justified in spending some money on a potato warehouse at Georgetown. But until that is done I do not think we would.

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John Alexander (1874-1948) Macdonald

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. MACDONALD (Kings):

That standardization work is going on, and the information we have now is that it will be completed by about September this year. So that if the warehouse is to be made available for shipping this season it would be necessary to have an item in the supplementary estimates this year so that the work could be gone on with now.

There is just one other matter to which I wish to refer, and that is what is known as Lewis point pier at Cardigan. It is the only public wharf in that harbour. Nothing has been done to it for eight or ten years and it has got now into such a state that it is of no value for shipping. There are three private wharves there, but their owners are not keeping them up to any great extent. It is important that the government should consider wharf improvement at that point. This wharf has got into such a bad state of disrepair that it would cost a lot of money to repair it, and my suggestion would be that one of the other private wharves, which are better situated, could be bought Very cheaply, and the Lewis point pier might be removed. One of these other wharves could be obtained for about four or five thousand dollars, possibly less, and it would give all the accommodation required.

I have no doubt that the minister has a report from his engineer on this matter, and I would urge that if at all possible some item be put in the estimates for repairing the present wharf or acquiring one of the others.

Progress reported.

On motion of Mr. Robb the House adjourned at 10.55 p.m.

Friday, June 18, 1926.

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June 17, 1926