The first item, $20,500, is asked to be provided towards dredging a channel 100 feet wide extending shorewards from low water at ordinary spring tides, about 725 feet, and a basin in front of the public Wharf about 200 to 250 feet wide and 200 to 300 feet long, to low water ordinary spring tides. It is contemplated that it will be necessary to remove 27,000 cubic yards of sand and gravel at $1.50 per cubic yard at an estimated cost of $40,500. The next is a breakwater at Gull Cove. The amount of $10,000 is required to construct a breakwater 153 feet long, and from 17 to 25 feet wide, for the protection of the 28 motor fishing boats employed in the cove.
I think the estimated cost of $1.50 is very high, unless there is rock there, which I do not think there is. For the information of the committee I would point out that this is an isolated island out in the bay of Fundy containing a fishing settlement. They have a great many weather conditions to contend with, and I would be the last one to deny them the facilities they ought to have if they are to carry on their work and be protected from storms. But $1.50 for that dredging is not what I should like to pay for it on a commercial basis. I hope the minister will keep that in mind when having the work done. Is it to be done by the government's own dredges or by Mr. Gregory's?
That is the only warning I would give the minister. I may say that the great rise and fall of the tide there is an important factor in the cost of dredging, but even then I have no doubt the work can be done for less than $1.50.