up my argument. Over $2,500,000 was spent on the St. Charles river, but when the Tory government came into power in 1911 they saw fit to suspend this work and since that time the greater part of the work done has been destroyed. The citizens of Quebec are very anxious that this work should be proceeded with, and I understand that at a banquet in Quebec not long ago Mr. Tasche-reau said that this work should be proceeded with and that his government would certainly contribute to the cost. More than that, the city council of Quebec would be quite willing to share the cost. I think this fact should be mentioned and the government asked to continue the work which they undertook to carry out under a written agreement between the city of Quebec and the federal government.
another suggestion; the provincial1 government should not be the only body called upon to contribute. I suggest that the Royal Trust Company, the Metropolitan Life Insurance Company, the Sun Life Assurance Company,
Barclay's Bank and La Caisse d'Economie, of which Mr. Taschereau is a director, should also be called upon to contribute to this work.
friend does not take this question seriously, because the work on the river St. Charles should not be made a joke. The citizens of Quebec believe this work should be proceeded with, and as I said a moment ago I know that the provincial government would be willing to contribute to the cost.
I am quite serious in the matter, and in addition I would suggest that when the hon. member for Quebec-Montmor-ency dies a monument should be erected to him on the banks of the river St. Charles.
Mr. MoGIBBON: If I might interrupt this family quarrel I would like to ask if this is a principle which has been laid down iby the government and) if so whether they are following that principle in other provinces. I understand that in this case money is being spent to drain land. Is this private or public land?
We endeavour to carry out the same policy throughout the country wherever we have started work of this kind, and I think there are some places where we would not be carrying on this work had we not started it in previous years. I think we are doing similar work in one place in Manitoba and at another point in Ontario, where we were confronted with practically the same situation.
a bad time to stop this work in all these places. I am not going to enter into a discussion on this point, but in nearly each case there is the difficulty that some Dominion work, a railway or some other public work, is linked up with the matter. I do not recall that this is the oase at this point, but I have no doubt that whoever started this work in the first place did so with the idea that it would assist navigation or do something which was part of the obligation of the Dominion government. At any rate the same practice is followed throughout.
Mr. MoGIBBON: The minister had better include those two items in what the Prime Minister calls "vicious" principles.
I can furnish the hon. member with a list of many scores of requests for wharves which have been absolutely refused. We have granted only those requests where the residents seem to be undergoing a certain amount of hardship on account of not having accommodation.
If the hon. member will compare the proportion of the total expenditure and the number of different works he will find that there is not a larger percentage attributable to this province than to any other, either in amount or in number. In the constituency of Gaspe, Charlevoix-Saguenay and Bonaventure there are many settlements which have no railway accommodation.
The province of Quebec has over 2,000 miles of coast line, and if you leave the railway and go down to the limits of Labrador you have practically one thousand miles of shore line on the north shore of the St. Lawrence. Quebec is one of the important maritime provinces of the Dominion. From Murray Bay to Labrador there is no railway and from Matane to Gaspe there is no railway; the only means of communication is by water, and the majority of the people make their living from the water and must have protection for their boats.