May 2, 1916 (12th Parliament, 6th Session)

CON

Robert Rogers (Minister of Public Works)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. ROGERS:

I am afraid I cannot agree with my hon. friend that anything has been lost by the downfall! of the late Government in so far as shipbuilding or anything eke in Canada is concerned. I am not, of course, very familiar with the question of shipbuilding, 'because that matter is in the hands of the Minister of Marine and Fisheries 'and the Minister of Trade and Commerce; but I know that they have been paying considerable attention to the question during tfye past few months, and I have had the privilege of attending several meetings with them and discussing the matter in some detail. I can assure my hon. friend that the matter is receiving the most careful attention possible, and I am hopeful that in the near future action will be taken with a view of going on with the shipbuilding industry at one, two or three points in Canada. I quite agree that St. John would be a desirable place, and according to the plans originally adopted for a dry-dock there, I think my hon. friend will admit that we are making as much progress as is possible under the circumstances. I will undertake for the Department of Public Works, to urge the completion of a dry-dock as soon ae possible; I will at all events carry out my end of the work and prepare for shipbuilding. At Port Arthur we are now ready for shipbuilding or ship repairing, and I hope that in the near future we shall be ready also .at Vancouver. We have a dry-dock at Prince Rupert, and I trust that before long we shall have one at Victoria- and ,one at Vancouver. There is a desire on the part of the Government to inaugurate a policy of shipbuilding as soon as it is possible to reach it, and every care and consideration is being given to the subject ,by the Minister of Trade and Commerce and the Minister of Marine and Fisheries along with one or two of the other ministers.

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