Mr. D. A. GORDON.
Is it the intention of the government to take steps looking to the improvement of the channel south of Fighting island, one of the most dangerous
spots, I think, between the head of the lakes and the foot of Lake Erie? A great many accidents have occurred there, accompanied with considerable loss of life during the past few years, owing largely to the enormous increase in tonnage. I think that last year, no less than seventy million tons of freight passed that point, a tonnage greater than the combined tonnage of London, Liverpool and the Suez canal. That comparison gives an impression of the immense traffic there. And this is being added to by the rapid growth of the Canadian tonnage. Last year, Canada added 30,000 tons. This matter is of all the more importance by reason of the fact that the Americans are spending this year no less than $83,000,000 for the improvement of waterways and harbours, much of which is being spent to the advantage of Canada. I merely call the attention of the minister to these facts. Right in the vicinity to which I refer, millions of dollars are spent to deepen the Lime-kiln Crossing, and I think the government might well look into the matter. I understand that an expenditure of from $250,000 to $300,000 there would render navigation much more safe.