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

LIB

Frank Broadstreet Carvell

Liberal

Mr. CARVELL.

It is not very often that we bother calling the hon. gentleman down, but there are times when even the patience of a long-suffering man like myself is exhausted. My hon. friend knows the necessity of that work. He knows that if we succeeded in demonstrating to this government that we could extend the water communication down the river St. John three or four months in the year, it would be one of the greatest boons that could be conferred on that part of the province. I happen to know the nature of the report of one of the gentlemen who made this survey, and he is very hopeful that navigation to a depth of eight or nine feet can be obtained by the expenditure of a very small amount of money. I commend the Minister of Public Works for continuing, this investigation, and hope he will succeed in demonstrating that by dredging the river we can have at a reasonable cost the navigation we desire. While my hon. friend from York may not wish to see anything done by this government that will gain credit for it in the eyes of the people, I can assure him that if the Liberal representatives from New Brunswick can do anything to benefit the people, we will do it, regardless of whether the hon. member from York likes it or dislikes it.

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