Well, it means certain assistance. Even if it is true that dredging does not employ large numbers of men directly, yet that machinery which is being used for dredging is built and maintained and repaired by other men, who get employment that they would not otherwise get. I admit it is not as productive from the point of view of employment as the building of a dam, but this is to permit taking advantage as much as possible of the facilities which have been established in the port of Chicoutimi for vessels navigating the Saguenay river, permitting them to reach the port without having to wait for the change of level by the tide.
every hour of the day to the wharves at Chicoutimi; they have to wait until the water rises as a result of the tide, but when that dredging is completed the vessels will be able to go there every hour of the day.
Are not these the facts: that the Chicoutimi harbour commission was created in 1925-26 for the purpose of building a harbour at Chicoutimi; that the harbour never should have been put there; that the only place that there should be a harbour is at Ha! Ha! bay which is across from there; that now that the harbour has been built, unless dredging goes on, there will be no practical use for those wharves or that harbour for steamers of a draft of, I think, eighteen feet-I forget the exact figure; leave that out for the moment, but for steamers of substantial tonnage-and that this proposal to spend $200,000 will have the effect only of accentuating the value of the harbour at Ha! Ha! bay and indicating how absolutely useless this Chicoutimi harbour is because it will fill in again with the currents as they have been all these ages. It is a sandy bottom, I am told, and silt and sand will fill the very channel that you dredge. That is my information, that there is no justification for it, never has been. The minister of transport to be has been dealing with the harbour; we know exactly the money that has been spent and the money that is to be spent; we know the circumstances under which the harbour came into being, and we know that the harbour across the way is the one which is being used by large ships that load paper from the big mill which sends its product down to that harbour. Under these circumstances can we justify in these days the expenditure of this money for that purpose?
This is to provide additional wharfage facilities in the port of Rimouski. During the last season and the previous one very great quantities of wood have been shipped from Rimouski. It is the centre of distribution for all the supplies that are needed on the north shore of the St. Lawrence.
In the vicinity of $100,000, I am informed. There is only a small wharf there which at certain periods is crowded, and vessels have to wait even several days before getting their turn at that wharf. I am satisfied from the figures which have been placed before me that the traffic justifies the development of that harbour. I am not sure whether it is 35,000,000 feet of wood or more that have been sent to England from that port. It is not only for coasting vessels; ocean vessels are loading planks and boards there for shipment to England.