There was a notice in the Vancouver paper that information had been given out from Ottawa that a sum of $5,000 was going to be voted for a survey, and my information is that Mr. Forde, the district engineer, or someone under him, carried out a survey some years ago, and decided that the only practical way to do the work was to run a tunnel from the side under the bed of the Narrows-they had to go some ninety feet deep-and then go up under the rock and blow it up. The cost was estimated at somewhere around $125,000. There seems to be a difference between what is reported in the paper and the minister's statement. The minister says they have all the information they need.
I am informed that a board of engineers was appointed and they had a public hearing some years ago. I am informed also that a request was made to the department to provide a further sum to make a survey, but we did not comply with that request because we felt we had all the information required. It was only a case of deciding whether or not we would do the work.