I should like to add a word to what has been already said by the other hon. members from British Columbia. This is not the first time that the shortage of dredges on the Pacific coast has been drawn to the attention of the minister. As a layman I do not think it is up to me to say that that shortage exists; but it is up to the minister to have investigations made and
to produce the information that would prove beyond all doubt that the dredges on the Pacific coast are adequate to meet the need.
I should like to point out to the minister, as the hon. member for New Westminster has already done, that the Fraser river is an important transportation artery and that it will become more so as the years go by. Furthermore, because of the nature of the country, it is a river which fills in very quickly with the silt flowing dowm from the mountains. The minister should have the conditions there investigated as early as possible. We realize that during the war, work of this kind could not be undertaken; that
is, it could not be undertaken if it took workers and materials away from war needs. But- the war has been over for two years, and there has been ample opportunity for estimating the need and making provision for meeting
it. I wanted to say these few words before the minister replied to the statements that have been made.