Yes, and I venture to
sav that he does not know anything more
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about the construction of breakwaters than I know about carrying on his profession. If the government believed that medical men were the only people in the county of Charlotte to whom contracts should be given for construction work I should like to know why they passed over one of their supporters in the town of St. George, a medical man who has an extensive practice among the fishermen along the eastern shore, or why they overlooked a medical man on the island of Grand Manan, a staunch supporter of the government who has devoted his lifetime to looking after the wants of the fishermen on that island. These are men who have a knowledge of the needs of the fishermen, and I venture to eay that either of these gentlemen, unlike the gentleman in the town of St. Stephen., could distinguish a breakwater from a wharf.
I should like also to know why, in preparing the estimates for the county of Charlotte, the government overlooked hundreds of supporters in the village of Castalia who, to my knowledge, for the last five years have been requesting the government to construct a breakwater at that point in order to assist the fishermen there. The harbour of Castalia is one of the most exposed on the island; in fact it occupies perhaps the most exposed position of any harbour on the bay of Fundy. The fishing industry there has been decreasing for years, and without the protection of a breakwater it is impossible for the fishermen to carry on successfully. This has been brought to the attention of the minister time after time, but no action has been taken.
I also notice in looking over the estimates that not one dollar is appropriated for the island of Campobello, another large fishing centre. I know that last year a delegation interviewed the minister and brought to his attention the need for a public wharf at Malloch's beach, and I have every reason to believe that the minister gave the delegation some assurance at that time, because it was currently reported that this work would be undertaken this year. The people were delighted at that report and with great satisfaction they said that at last the government intended to construct this much needed wharf. I know that the attention of the minister has been directed to that question and also to the need for the extension of the breakwater at Wilson's beach and for dredging at Curry's cove, all on the island of Campobello. The board of trade of that island, which was only recently established and has been very active, are very much disappointed that there are no appropriations in the estimates to provide for these works. They know what is required to carry on the fishing industry and thev have
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made recommendations to the minister, but like other requests which have been made by the residents of the island they have had no effect.
I would like to direct the attention of the minister to another matter of urgent importance. The fishermen at Stewartown on Deer island are forced to carry on their fishing activities to-day in the same manner as they were carried on fifty years ago. They are loyal supporters of this administration and should receive some consideration of their needs. This may be the last opportunity the minister will have for presenting estimates, and I would suggest that he includes an item sufficient to carry out the improvements required. Should the Conservative party come into power action will be taken to carry out the desires of these people, as it is the policy of the Conservative party to build up the industrial life of this Dominion. I suggest to the hon. minister that he place an amount in the supplementary estimates which would give some tangible assistance to these people. Merely passing a vote one year and then revoting the next year has no effect, and I think there are other professional men in the county who are loyal supporters of the government who would be more capable of carrying out the construction of breakwaters and wharfs.
I suppose it is customary, as it is in other departments, that a certified cheque or a guarantee accompany any tender so that the government will be protected in the work being carried out satisfactorily to them.
Topic: DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS