May 14, 1929 (16th Parliament, 3rd Session)


Eccles James Gott

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. E. J. GOTT (South Essex):

I would
like to draw the attention of the government to a most alarming situation which exists in Essex county. I have under my hand a lengthy telegram apprising me that the Minister of Public Works had been informed that 7,000 acres or almost the total area of Pelee island is threatened with flood owing to the unprecedented high water in lake Erie; that a further rise in level or a storm may break the banks, and that, private efforts are unable to cope with the situation. The people are asking for immediate attention and consideration on the part of the government, and they suggest in the wire that if a dry land dredge is on the ground- promptly to raise the inner embankment the situation may be saved. They are asking for immediate action. The Public Works department have been communicated with and I would be glad if the Prime Minister (Mr. Mackenzie King) would assure us of immediate action.

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