I am sorry I have not that information here; but when the supplementary estimates are up, there will be an opportunity again, to raise the question and I shall then have the information for the hon. member.
There was a vote of $25,000, I believe, either last year or the year before. How much of that has been expended, if any?
Mr. 'CRERAR: The vote was $25,000. It was put in for preliminary surveys that would be necessary before the active work of development would be undertaken. A similar vote is in the supplementary estimates for this year. It appeared in the special supplementary estimates a year ago. Once the area is selected, an accurate survey and an examination of the physical characteristics may be made, so that development can proceed in the best way in order to give the maximum result for the money expended. The amount in the supplementary estimates will cover the initial work in that respect, and that is the manner in which we have proceeded in all these matters. Once the initial survey is made and the data correlated, the parks officials are in a .position to recommend the type of development that should take place in order to get the maximum effect from the expenditure of the money.
We have included in our supplementary estimates the sum of $25,000. If the provincial government is in a position to turn over the area to us, then the money is available, once we know where we shall work, to make the initial surveys and to do the work I have mentioned.
I do not think there will be any further supplementaries, but he will observe that there is in the supplementary estimates an item for historic sites and monuments. I think I can say that when it comes to the allocation of that vote, the citadel at Halifax will not be overlooked.
The Thirty Thousand islands district in Georgian bay is a very fine tourist centre, but those who live on those islands have much trouble in getting there on account of the difficulty of the channel. Tourists come there in great numbers from the United States as well as from Ontario, travelling by the boat from Midland. The difficulty is much greater at night. Would
it be possible to have the channel through those islands between Midland and Parry Sound, and up by Pointe au Baril, better buoyed? And if the channel were better lighted at night, many more people would be attracted to the islands.
The Department of Mines and Resources has nothing to do with the marking and lighting of channels. However, I shall be glad to bring my hon. friend's remarks to the attention of the Minister of Transport, whose department has charge of that work.
I thank the minister for that assurance. I understand that one of the buoys marking the channel to Penetang harbour was taken away last year. I do not think it would cost very much to place more of those light buoys in that channel.