Hon. Lionel Chevrier (Minister of Transport):
Mr. Speaker, hon. members of the
house will be interested to know that tenders have been received for the construction of a navigation lock at the northern end of the Canso causeway now being constructed across the strait of Canso between Cape Breton island and the mainland. T. C. Gorman (Nova Scotia) Limited, one of nine firms which tendered, submitted a tender of $4,817,777 and this tender has been accepted. A contract will be entered into with this firm and in the meantime they have been instructed to commence work immediately to enable its completion on schedule. It is extremely important that the work commence as soon as possible so that the coffer dam construction can be completed before ice conditions occur during the winter of 1953-54. The time schedule for closing of the gut of Canso and the operation thereon of highway and railway traffic is December, 1954, with full operation of the lock in late summer, 1955.
Subtopic: CONTRACT FOR CONSTRUCTION OF NAVIGATION LOCK