I want to know why the local government, having expended money on this wharf we should refund it to them ?
Mr. McLennan. The local government' of Nova Scotia had all these wharfs and smaller harbours in charge before confederation. It was only after confederation that they were handed over to this government and paid for. That harbour has been under improvement for the last 35 or 36 years and this amount is simply to complete the work of blasting rocks from the entrance to this harbour. It is rather a commodious harbour and as the hon. minister stated an expenditure of something like $25,000 or $30,000 has been made by the. government in the past thirty years in its I repair. I may say in regard to this small appropriation that the lateness of the session last year prevented this money from being expended for the simple reason that the coast there is facing the north and as the prevailing winds are north, these appropriations could not be expended. Hence, it is that the appropriations of two years are mixed up in this list.
This is in Antigonish and is required to cover the cost in connection with close piling of the outer ends and 30 feet in length of the sides of the entrance piers of. Malignant Cove harbour which has been undertaken to make good in a permanent manner the damage done by the teredo. The total cost is $1,000.
This is in Inverness county. This vote is required to cover the estimated cost of completing the following works in process at Margaree : (1) R^ck
excavation to secure a clear depth of 8 feet at low water along the channel face of the pier on the west side of the entrance to Margaree harbour over a distance of some 9()0 feet from a point 200 feet from the inner end outwards. (2) Urgent repairs to the outer end of this pier commenced in November 1904 to make good damage done by a storm. The total cost will be $1,500.
Has the general policy been pursued that moneys expended by the government of Nova Scotia previous to confederation, 38 years ago shall be refunded by this government ?
Mr. McLennan. It certainly was the policy of this government to take over all the works that were considered of Dominion importance and refund whatever money was expended upon them by the government of the province.
I cannot say iu regard to repairs, but I do say that the Dominion government took over all these works, breakwaters and harbours of Dominion importance, and they refunded whatever expenditure had been made on these works by the provincial government.