I notice that the Minister of Public Works has been very modest in preparing his public works estimates in relation to the item of $2,500 for Campbellton. Possibly the minister does not know the town, but it is no small one; it is indeed a large town and besides it is a big shipping point in the maritimes. As a matter of fact last summer I believe more than forty-one ships loaded and cleared from that port with lumber for export. I understand that very strong representations have been made to the department regarding necessary material improvements at the port of Campbellton, because it is the home of one of the largest industries of the maritimes, a subsidiary or branch of the Fraser Pulp company, called Restigouclie Pulp. It is also a shipping point for lumber for not only the northern part of New Brunswick, but also a considerable part of Quebec in the Matapedia valley. It is admitted that for some years repairs have been greatly needed and demanded. The public wharf is absolutely out of order and I am informed by engineers that the paltry sum of $2,500 will be sufficient only to keep together what is left there. I understand the board of trade and all those interested are asking for a larger amount in order to put
that port into proper condition. If their demands are heeded and their plans carried out, I am informed that the estimated cost is between $30,000 and $35,000. Not only would this enable that port to be placed in a first class condition and encourage the traffic which is sadly needed in that part of the country, but it woidd indirectly relieve the unemployment situation in that district, not only through the employment of labour, and those lumbering towns are places where unemployment is prevalent in these days, but through the purchase of the timber required, which can be cut right on the spot, and the steelwork, which can be manufactured about a hundred feet from the wharf, where there are good steel works and where good friends of the government could provide what was needed. It is the government's own friends who are insisting that this work should proceed; all the material necessary for making the repairs can be secured locally.
This work would be in the interests of economy, because last summer difficulties were encountered on account of the bad state of those wharves and their inability to be used as they should have been. This summer there will be great need for the use of that port, because during the winter there has been an increasei in lumbering operations, and While this may not be known generally, 'Campbellton is to-day the centre of lumbering operations on a large scale in the maritimes. Outside Saint John, which is a national port, this is one of the local ports where a great deal of shipping is carried on for export overseas and to the United States. 'With the high rates of rail transportation the reason for these demands for repairs can be readily understood, because lumber exporters and manufacturers in that district cannot at present successfully compete with other exporters centrally located who have a short rail haul. I submit that the cost of not only ordinary repairs but material improvements at the wharf at Cambellton would be a wise expenditure. The unemployment situation in that district would be relieved by the provision of work early in the spring, and also by the manufacture right on the spot of the special dimension lumber that would be required as well as the work for the steel fabricated locally at Campbellton. I hope the minister will take not only my recommendation but the recommendations of the boards of trade and the captains of industry of that district who have made insistent demands for such repairs. Notwithstanding that it may appear as a demand on the treasury in times when economy and retrenchment
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are being preached, I repeat that it would be practical economy, because it is economy to spend money to preserve what is there and to make the facilities meet the needs of the case.
Topic: IMMIGRATION ACT
Subtopic: DEPARTMENT OF EXTERNAL AFFAIRS