February 25, 1909 (11th Parliament, 1st Session)

LIB

William Pugsley (Minister of Public Works)

Liberal

Mr. PUGSLEY.

The hon. gentleman has been misinformed. The Dominion government has contributed one-half the cost of works upon the Fraser and Columbia rivers when those works would not ordinarily fall to the federal government, they not being connected with navigation. But by reason of the importance of the work and the extent of the damage that otherwise would be done, this government has on more than one occasion actually contributed one-half of the cost of protection works in the constituency of my hon. friend. I have never heard this government raise the constitutional objection that it could not assist a provincial government with regard to works towards which the federal government might fairly contribute. Some fifteen years ago the Dominion government agreed to contribute one-half the cost of the wharfs on the tidal waters of the St. John river which the government of New Brunswick might build. That practice has been continued all these years and all the New Brunswick government asks now is that, instead of paying this amount to them for wharfs on the St. John river, it may be extended to other tidal rivers.

Topic:   SUPPLY-TREATY WITH THE UNITED STATES.
Subtopic:   INTERNATIONAL WATERWAYS TREATY.
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