April 25, 1918 (13th Parliament, 1st Session)

UNI L

Frank Broadstreet Carvell (Minister of Public Works)

Unionist (Liberal)

Mr. CARVELL:

This vote will probably have to be expended this year, but we intend to have a pretty careful investigation of the telegraph system of the Yukon made by competent authority, and various suggestions made with a view to effecting economies will he taken into consideration. In the first place, the line from Fort George to,

I think it is, Fort Fraser, a distance of about one hundred and fifty miles, is now paralleled by the Grand Trunk Pacific. It would seem unnecessary that there should be two telegraph lines running through a country with as little settlement and business in-it as that district has. Then from Fort Fraser to Atlin, a distance of over three hundred miles, I am told, there is only one place where there is any business whatever, I think, on the Skeena river, a small trading post with only one or two merchants, and it requires an enormous amount of money to keep up that line. It is not so much the pay of the operators-although they have to have special residences built and stations are needed every twenty miles with a rest station between them again- but in the spring-time, when the ice and snow come down the mountain sides the poles are carried away and need renewing practically nearly every year over a large part of the line. Surely there must be some way of getting rid of a large amount of this expenditure and placing these lines on a business basis, and therefore I am going to have the whole matter thoroughly investigated.
Progress reported.

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