Mr. SINCLAIR (Queens):
I have the report here and if the hon. member questions my statement I shall be happy to demonstrate its accuracy. In further answer to his question I would say that neither the government nor the railway can act a year in ad-
The Address-Mr. Sinclair (Queens)
vance of a thorough survey by the engineers to determine the type of boat that is required. It would not be doing justice to Prince Edward Island to award a contract for a boat until a thorough survey of the existing conditions had been carried out and a suitable type of boat designed. The ferry boat which at present carries out the service does not meet the requirements of the present day, and the government are doing everything possible to meet that deficiency. I feel that it will not be very long, therefore, before even the exacting imagination of the hon. member for Piotou (Mr. Cantley) will be satisfied.
A further recommendation in the Duncan report was that a survey should be made of the three ports of Prince Edward Island with a view to providing transportation facilities, particularly for potatoes and other products. That recommendation has been carried out also. A survey has been made and contracts have been awarded. Two of them have been completed, and the necessary facilities thus provided at Summerside and Georgetown were in use this year. As a result hundreds of thousands of bushels of potatoes have been shipped by water to southern markets. The work at Charlottetown has only been partly completed. However, a contract for the construction of deep water facilities on the improved lines in connection with the railway terminus there has been awarded, and we hope those facilities will be available for taking care of the crop in the fall of this year. So it would seem that notwithstanding the complaints of hon. gentlemen opposite, the recommendations for better harbour facilities in Prince Edward Island contained in the Duncan report have either been fully implemented, or are well under way.
As far as the bonus for the steel industry is concerned we all know that when litigation was pending it was not an opportune time to carry out the proposal. In regard to coking plants, however, legislation was passed at the last session to give effect to the recommendation of the commission in that regard.