I should like to inquire what is to be done at Port Dover and Port Rowan. The wharf at Port Dover is in a dangerous condition, due to lack of repairs. What is the extent of the repairs that are to be made at Port Dover for $8,000, which seems to me inadequate for the work that is absolutely necessary there? What does the government propose to do in the way of dredging at Port Dover? This is not a problem that concerns my constituency alone. I think the chairman wall bear me out that the opening of Port Dover to make it possible to have a
ferry service across the lake would be of great interest to quite a large territory north of that port. The cities of Brantford, Paris, Galt, Kitchener, and even Guelph are particularly anxious to have this port opened. A deputation was here last winter and brought this matter to the attention of the department. The opening of the port would enable crosslake traffic to reach a densely populated section of the United States, eastern Ohio and Pennsylvania. If that harbour could be opened up by dredging so that a ferry could get in, it would be of great benefit, not only to the port itself but, as I have said, to this territory in Ontario north of Port Dover.
Subtopic: DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS