This item is required to take care of certain construction work at this point for urgent repairs to the outer end of the wharf which was seriously damaged by a storm on October 26, 1930. The money is required for renewal of stringers, and other necessary work. The traffic is heavy, amounting to over $1,000,000 annually, and the population is 3,000.
The work was requested by the district engineer in a report dated November 30, and is required to repair the damage done to the wharf and freight shed by a fire which occurred on the night of November 6, 1930.
I would like the hon. minister to give me some information with regard to the wharf at Riviere du Loup. The other day the Minister of Marine (Mr. Duranleau) said that I should have had more works done by the previous government, but he knows that the late government treated my constituency with all fairness. May I ask what amount was voted last year for the repairs of the wharf at Riviere du Loup?
Was it understood that that work was to be done by day labour instead of by contract because the men who had worked previously had performed that work to the satisfaction of the department, and that if it should be necessary to have bhe work done otherwise it would be done by contract?
Yes, but the minister escapes my question; he skates all around it. My question was a short and clear one; I would like to know if on account of the work done by these men it was decided by the department to have the work continued this year by day labour instead of by contract.