June 26, 1925 (14th Parliament, 4th Session)


George Gordon

Conservative (1867-1942)


I do not want to compel
the stop -that my hon. friend mentions, but I might point out that before Sir James Lougheed made his report, cruisers were sent out to examine this berth. The members of the syndicate also had their cruisers go to British Columbia, and in the report of Sir James Lougheed it is mentioned that they took several months. Finally he came to the conclusion that this berth should be exchanged for timber of equal value. The city of New Westminster was threatening litigation. As a matter of fact, on the Coquitlam river logging operations have been carried on for a great many years, vast quantities of logs having gone down the river. Whether the timber on this berth was available for ready cutting and placing in the river, I do not know, but at all events the timber was of some value to the persons who bought this berth, and Sir James Lougheed, appreciating the value of the Coquitlam river for the purpose of floating the timber on that side of the *berth adjacent to it had this inquiry made. As will be seen by the report, he appreciated the fact, too, that this reserve having been created' and an agreement having been entered into with the city of New Westminster which prevented the licensee from cutting this timber, the Department of the Interior was unable to deliver the property which it had agreed to sell to these licensees; that is, they were unable to give the right to cut on this berth.

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