The reason that I speak is that the hon. minister, in referring to the list, read one or two items for maintenance at a lighthouse at Middle Ground. I assume that no maintenance will be required, unless it is intended to build a lighthouse there. This lighthouse, if built, will be to replace one at Point Pelee, which was burnt a year or so ago. A discussion has arisen in regard to where that lighthouse should be built. I understand that the department has decided that it would be rebuilt at Middle Ground, and I am informed that that is not the best place to have the lighthouse. This is certainly the most important lighthouse of any between Duluth, or Chicago and Kingston. More vessels are interested in this point than any other on the upper lakes. They say that Middle Ground is not the best place at which to build a lighthouse, and I understand that strong representations have been made to the hon. minister in that regard. It is perhaps important that a lighthouse should be put at Middle Ground, but if so there should be two lighthouses at that place. It is called Middle Ground because it is land
lying between Pelee Island and Point Pelee itself. If one lighthouse is built there, the other one ought to be built at Point Pelee, on what is called South-east Shoal, which is just near there. That is the one that will best serve the marine interests. I am told that there was a deputation of mariners down, and probably they had an interview with the minister upon that point. If so, it might be very satisfactory, and in the public interest, if the minister could say that he has been convinced that Middle Ground is not the best place to adopt, but that if he intends to build one at Middle Ground, he will have one built at South-east Shoal on Point Pelee itself. This is a very important matter, and I know that a great many people are interested in it and anxious to know at the earliest moment what the department intends to do. I am satisfied that 'the best interests of navigation will not be served by a lighthouse at Middle Ground, which will not answer the purpose at all. It will be good enough as far as it goes, but it is not the best place. It is not as good a place as to build it exactly on the spot where the one was destroyed. But better still would it be to put it on South-east Shoal, and better still would it be if there were two lighthouses, one on Middle Ground and one on South-east Shoal.
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Subtopic: J. L. McDOUGALL, A.G.