October 21, 1903

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The MINISTER OF JUSTICE.

We will do better than this.

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Robert Laird Borden (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. BORDEN (Halifax).

I do not think that is a fair comparison, because you have now as a basis the Revised Statutes of 1886. That was the first revision and it naturally took a long time. I think that more than 150 statutes were revised in 1886.

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The MINISTER OF JUSTICE.

I do not remember the exact number; at all events, this is equally important and equally expensive with the work done in 1886, if not more so. There are now seventeen years of statutes to be revised.

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Robert Laird Borden (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. BORDEN (Halifax).

In the other case there were 20 years of statutes to be revised, and that was the first revision; a great many of the statutes that are now being revised are mere amendments to particular chapters of the revised statutes. I think the work, while equally important, would be less laborious and would occupy less time than the work of 1886.

Galops rapids-to complete channel. $60,000.

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The MINISTER OF FINANCE.

This matter was discussed on a previous occasion. It is for some improvements in the Galops rapids, where we have spent a vast sum of money. One hon. member in this House expresssed the opinion that this was not a useful work, but the view taken by the department is that it is useful, and it does seem a pity that for the small sum still required we should abandon the work. We have spent $978,000 to improve the

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Andrew Broder

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. BRODER.

Galops rapids, and we are advised that this hon. minister to make a note of this, and will complete the work. another session bring in a vote for it.

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Hiram Augustus Calvin

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. CALVIN.

Is any record kept in the department of the number of vessels using this channel ? I am inclined to think it is neglected and not used at all.

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The MINISTER OF FINANCE.

We have no record of vessels using it, but we have a report from the engineer of the department in charge of the St. Lawrence, who thinks it is very important that we should finish up the work by making this expenditure.

Trent canal-construction. $360,000.

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The MINISTER OF FINANCE.

This is to complete the work of construction on the different sections, comprising sections 2 and 3, and also the steel work for the hydraulic lock on the Peterborough section.

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The MINISTER OF FINANCE.

No, but very considerable operations are still going on.

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Samuel Hughes

Liberal-Conservative

Mr. HUGHES (Victoria).

What is the report of the engineer on Lhe feasibility of connecting Rice lake and Port Hope instead of going down to Trenton ?

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The MINISTER OF FINANCE.

I shall be glad to furnish the report. It is in substance favourable to the Trenton section rather than Port Hope. I shall see that the hon. member for East Durham (Mr. Ward) has access to it.

Trent canal-to build a new entrance pier at Peterborough, $1,600.

To build entrance pier at Burleigh, $1,200.

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The MINISTER OF FINANCE.

These are small repairs connected with the old works.

To build entrance pier at Lovesick, $1,200.

To dredge shoals between Peterborough and Heeley's Palls, $2,800.

To dredge sheds at Ketehawana and Buck-horn lake, $2,800.

Rebuilding dam at Peterborough, $4,800.

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Samuel Hughes

Liberal-Conservative

Mr. HUGHES (Victoria).

1 would ask the hon. minister if he has any report about opening up the waters north of Balsam lake ? I do not know of any part of Canada which would derive equal benefit from an expenditure of $100,000. Such an expenditure would open up 100 miles of waterway, by building four or five locks north of Balsam lake. We have voted cheerfully large sums for building docks, bonusing railways, to mills and all that sort of thing in the maritime provinces and the province of Quebec, but I do not know of any part of the Dominion, in which so large an area would be so materially benefited by the expenditure of this sum, as would the counties of Victoria and Haliburton by the construction of four or five small locks, at the outside seventy-five feet. I would ask the

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The MINISTER OF FINANCE.

What depth would you get ?

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Samuel Hughes

Liberal-Conservative

Mr. HUGHES (Victoria).

In the river there is lots of water. Five feet in the canal would be plenty. All we want is to get boats in and out to move down the cribs of hardwood timber. There would also be a tourist passenger traffic in that district. At the same time, I would ask him to make a note of this fact. The system of opening and closing those locks is not the most modern. The superintendent says they are improving the system, but at present it is very tedious.

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The MINISTER OF CUSTOMS.

Which locks ?

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Samuel Hughes

Liberal-Conservative

Mr. HUGHES (Victoria).

All the locks along the entire system. In the old days the Trent canal was rather pooh-poohed, but I am glad to see that the hon. gentleman from Ontario is a strong advocate of it today. He will find that Lake Skugog, that large lake in his own town, will be immensely benefited when this lock is opened up. I am glad to see that he is a strong supporter of the construction of 'this work.

Railways and Canals'-chargeable to capital-Ratlways-Intercolonial-to dredge and ballast rock at deep water terminus at Halifax, $25,000.

The! MINISTER OF FINANCE. This is made necessary by the increasing draft of the steamers. There is a good wharf there, and what used to be a good depth of water. But with the increasing size of the Allan steamers it is necessary to dredge to a depth of 30 feet.

National Transcontinental Railway-to provide for surveys and other expenses, $500,000.

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October 21, 1903