May 10, 1929


Item agreed to. White Head-dredging, $20,500.


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Richard Burpee Hanson

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. HANSON:

Is this White Head island in the county of Charlotte? There are a good many White Heads, you know.

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John Campbell Elliott (Minister of Public Works)

Liberal

Mr. ELLIOTT:

I understand it is in the county of Charlotte.

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Richard Burpee Hanson

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. HANSON:

Are there two items in respect of the same White Head?

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John Campbell Elliott (Minister of Public Works)

Liberal

Mr. ELLIOTT:

Yes. One is dredging and the other a breakwater.

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Richard Burpee Hanson

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. HANSON:

How many yards of material are intended to be moved in this dredging? And is this re-dredging; has it ever been done before by the government?

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John Campbell Elliott (Minister of Public Works)

Liberal

Mr. ELLIOTT:

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.

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Richard Burpee Hanson

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. HANSON:

I have no doubt the work is required. Has the channel ever been dredged before? I think the minister will find that years ago it was. Perhaps he has not the information before him.

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Richard Burpee Hanson

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. HANSON:

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?

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Richard Burpee Hanson

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. HANSON:

He is the only man who is in the business in St. John.

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John Campbell Elliott (Minister of Public Works)

Liberal

Mr. ELLIOTT:

There is the St. John Dry Dock and Shipbuilding Company.

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Richard Burpee Hanson

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. HANSON:

I am not sure that they are in the dredging business now.

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John Campbell Elliott (Minister of Public Works)

Liberal

Mr. ELLIOTT:

My hon. friend can rest assured that the same care will be taken to see that this is done at a reasonable cost as is exercised in all cases.

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Richard Burpee Hanson

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. HANSON:

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.

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May 10, 1929