I do not intend to resurrect the old lighting contract on the Cornwall canal. But I want to say that I agree with the hon. member for Grenville (Mr. Reid) that Mr. Stewart was not the man who should have charge of the canal, and I am pleased to see that the government has come to that conclusion, and have placed Mr. Sargent in charge of the Cornwall canal, not only of the Cornwall canal, but of all the canals up to the Murray canal. Mr. Sargent has been located in Cornwall for some months, and is residing there, and is a thoroughly competent engineer. Now, to come back to the subject under discussion, the lighting of the Welland canal by electricity, so far as I am concerned, I want to see the money spent
where it can be spent in the best interest of navigation. The expenditure -of a few thousands for electricity on the Cornwall canal has come up here time and time again, it is brought up nearly every year. It may cost a good deal of money, but it is the greatest advantage to navigation we can possibly have. Large vessels are coming down the Cornwall canal carrying G5,-000 bushels of grain, and they do not now use lamps as they did in the old time, when vessels had to tie-up and suffer delays for hours. They go right through now, in the night time as well as in the day time. I do not want to discuss the terms of the contract, that has been discussed over and over again in this House. The government have made a contract that I imagine they will have to stand by. This is what I want to get at. Is this increased cost justifiable, and in what way does it aid navigation ? I understand that these vessels can go through much more quickly to-day, with these modern electrical appliances to operate the locks, than they could some years ago. I do not know whether I am right or wrong, but I think the Soulanges canal was the first one on which the locks were operated by electricity, and I think the plan has been a great success, that a great deal of time has been saved. Now, the minister has with him an engineer who has had a great deal of experience in these matters, and he can tell us whether this plan is going to aid navigation in the Welland canal. Can a vessel go through more quickly, once these electrical appliances are put into effect ? If it can, then it is a decided advantage. We know that late in the fall of the year these vessels are crowding down, every minute is important to them, we have to, in the fall, open our canals on Sunday, so they are operated every day in the week. Now I want to say a word with regard to that break. That is not the first break that has occurred in the Cornwall canal. We must remember that the Cornwall canal was originally built with a depth of 10 feet, and that has been increased to 14 feet. That extra 4 feet has increased the danger to the banks of the canal. There is a long stretch from lock 20 down to the lock at the mouth of the Cornwall canal that is dangerous, and always will remain dangerous. Six or seven years ago in this House I advocated with the then Minister of Railways and Canals the putting in at lock No. 20 another lock to the river. I understand that when the deputy minister, Mr .Butler, came into the department he saw the advantage of it, and that plans have been prepared, and that this will probably become an accomplished fact. If it had been done a few years ago the whole navigation of the country would not have been tied up as it is to-day. In so far as that break is concerned, it was a most unfortunate occurrence. It probably could have
occurred at a worse season of tlie year but it is an enormous loss to this country. 1 say with all the credit to those who are doing the work of repair that it has been rushed as expeditiously as it was possible to rush it. I was on the ground. The next day after the accident work was begun, within nine days water was in the canal and I understand that within three days vessels will be passing up and down. The work has been exneditiously and well done. But, I want to call the minister's attention to lock No. 20. If what I suggest is done it will save an enormous amount to the people interested in navigation and it will prevent a recurrence of navigation being tied up for two or three weeks owing to a break in the canal.
Topic: SUPPLY-APPOINTMENT OF JUDGES IN QUEBEC.
Subtopic: THE RECENT CANADIAN LOAN.