Hon. Alphonse Fournier (Minister of Public Works):
Mr. Speaker, I wish to add a few words to the statement I made respecting the accident to the Burlington bridge.
A meeting was held in Ottawa today between the acting minister of highways for Ontario, the Hon. George Dunbar, and myself, and it was agreed that the first step in connection with the solution of the replacement of the Burlington canal bridge, which was wrecked by the steamer W. Fitzgerald on April 29, would be the replacement of the structure with a temporary non-movable bridge which would be started and carried to completion as early as possible.
Preceding this it will be necessary to remove the wrecked bridge, which work will be started immediately. It is expected that the removal of the wrecked bridge and the construction of the temporary bridge will be completed within the period of a month.
This is the first step in connection with what might be called the solution of the joint navigation and traffic problem.
Subtopic: BURLINGTON CANAL-REPLACEMENT OF DAMAGED STRUCTURE