There are two channels in the Fraser river between the mouth and New Westminster. The dredging of the north arm was undertaken a few years
ago because that is the channel most commonly used by the traffic between the west coast of British Columbia and Fraser river points, the distance through the north arm being from 8 to 12 miles, according to the draught of the vessel, shorter than through the main channel into the Fraser river. Another reason is that the main river is so *much exposed to storms that very serious loss occurs in the towing of booms of logs that are used in the mills on the Fraser river. Besides the reasons connected with the towing of logs, the district along the north arm of the Fraser is regarded as the main industrial location for what is known as Greater Vancouver, being away from the congestion of Vancouver city and offering very unusual facilities for industrial enterprises of all kinds. They already have two lines of railway along the shore line there hut for the want of proper connection at all stages of the tide there has been great reluctance to locate industrial establishments there unless the owners of these establishments were assured of the dredging. The city of New Westminster, about fourteen years ago, obtained the services of the eminent engineer, Le Baron, who made very complete plans showing how the river might be developed. It is on these Le Baron plans that this Government plan has been prepared. As a matter of fact, the work was promised by the late Government but only put into effect since the last general election. It is part of a well designed and well considered plan made by Engineer Le Baron so long ago as 1904, and has been part of the fixed policy of the two Governments from that time until the present.