February 28, 1902 (9th Parliament, 2nd Session)

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The MINISTER OF PUBLIC WORKS.

I cannot make any promise to my hon. friend. I have reports in my department from competent officers-not alone my engineers in the west, but competent officers of the department here-showing that the stone out there is not fit for such a work. It may be good for bridge work, but cannot be used in work such as this. It is not strong enough. My hon. friend (Mr. McCreary) will not lay down the doctrine that, because there is a local quarry, even if the use of that stone would cost $100,000 more and would not do the work so well, we must nse the stone. Such a doctrine could not be defended in parliament. I compliment the hon. gentleman, however, on defending the interest of his province. But the work has been designed for concrete and the concrete is better. Canadian cement can be procured cheaper than American. Messrs. Kelly have not bought any cement yet, but if I can use any influence with them, that influence shall be exerted to have them use Canadian cement.
Public Works-chargeable to capital-Transportation facilities-Montreal Harbour (lower division), improvements below Ste. Marie's Current, $300,000.

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