Hon. Robert H. Winters (Minister of Public Works):
Mr. Speaker, the Ontario government has not yet submitted detailed plans or estimates of cost. We have, however, been told that on the basis of preliminary estimates the proposed high level bridge will cost approximately $13,300,000.
This problem is primarily one of facilitating highway traffic, but since the canal over which the bridge is to be built is a federal structure we have informed the Ontario government we are prepared to participate up to one-third of the cost of the bridge, on the understanding that Ontario will assume full responsibility for highway traffic over the canal, thereby enabling the federal government, in the interests of navigation, to remove the low level bridge it maintains at the present time.