No doubt, and no doubt there is a stipulation on behalf of the contractor that the water shall be drawn off for a sufficient time to allow him to perform his contract. I believe that if the contractor is told that he will be kept strictly to his contract it is possible to put that bridge across the canal in less time than six weeks. I am sure it is possible and I would invite my hon. friend to endeavour to secure from the contractor an undertaking that the day the water is drawn off he will be ready to go to work, put on day and night shifts of workmen and endeavour to complete that work in a shorter time than six weeks. As my hon. friend can readily imagine it is a severe privation for the manufacturers who use the waters of the canal to be deprived of water during such a long period as six weeks. They are obliged to have recourse to electricity or steam power, and it is a serious interruption to their work and it is a serious loss not only for themselves but for the men whom they employ. I think if my hon. friend will give instructions to the superintendent of the canal at Montreal to endeavour to secure the performance of this work in a shorter time than six weeks lie will undoubtedly succeed and will deserve the gratitude of the people interested.
Subtopic: SEIZURE OF THE SCHOONER 'AGNES G. DONOHUE.'