March 12, 1909

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LIB

William Pugsley (Minister of Public Works)

Liberal

Mr. PUGSLEY.

This is to make repairs to the various wharfs in the province of Quebec and improvements to rivers and harbours in respect of which there is no specific vote.

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CON
LIB

William Pugsley (Minister of Public Works)

Liberal

Mr. PUGSLEY.

That expression is used generally all over the country but it applies more particularly, in fact entirely, to the repairs of bridges that would be called interprovincial bridges. There are several bridges across the Ottawa north of here. My deputy informs me that there is one bridge in Ontario, in Haldimand county, which was built by the government many years ago which we keep in repair.

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Herbert Brown Ames

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. AMES.

Does the minister affirm that the government have built no bridges in Quebec?

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LIB
CON

Herbert Brown Ames

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. AMES.

Would he ask his engineer to examine the bridge between St. Francois de Salle and Terrebonne? The government spent $20,000 in building concrete piers in a rapid running river upon which a bridge has been built.

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William Pugsley (Minister of Public Works)

Liberal

Mr. PUGSLEY.

Would that not be a case where the municipality utilized the wharf as a foundation? The government did not build the bridge.

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Herbert Brown Ames

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. AMES.

The government built all the piers.

Lake St. Francis (Beauce)-wharfs, $5,000.

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William Price

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. PRICE.

Is my information correct that there is no navigation on Lake St. Francis except for pleasure boats?

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LIB

William Pugsley (Minister of Public Works)

Liberal

Mr. PUGSLEY.

I am informed that there is traffic in taking farm produce to market, but the principal passenger travel is in summer tourists.

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CON

William Price

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. PRICE.

Considering the small amount of navigation on this lake it seems to me that an expenditure of $8,000 for a wharf is a little too stiff.

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LIB

Henri Sévérin Béland

Liberal

Mr. BELAND.

It is for two wharfs, one at the upper end and one at the lower end of the lake. Lake St. Francis is twenty-one miles long and is situated in the counties of Beauce, Megantic and Wolfe. There are three boats plying on the lake.

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LIB
CON
LIB

Henri Sévérin Béland

Liberal

Mr. BELAND.

The steamer is large

enough to carry the produce of the farmers

in the spring. The upper end of the lake is seven miles from a railway station, while the lower end is only one mile distant from the railway, and as the roads from the upper end to the lower end are impassable in the spring it is necessary to have crafts on the lake to carry the dairy products to where they can be transferred to the railway. There is an extensive lumber trade on Lake St. Francis. These wharfs have been petitioned for by every farmer in the vicinity.

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George Gordon

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. GEOEGE GOEDON.

The lumber trade on that lake is so extensive that one steamer and two gasolenes can accommodate it.

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LIB

Henri Sévérin Béland

Liberal

Mr. BELAND.

At present the steamers have to anchor in the lake as there is no wharf, and of course that is highly inconvenient. There is no strong current on the lake and the logs are towed by these small boats.

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George Gordon

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. GEOEGE GOEDON.

Well, just previous to the last election in my district, my opponent in the Liberal interest promised that a wharf would be built at Lisk-eard, which is a town of 3,000 inhabitants. There is a dredge doing considerable work there and that work is absolutely useless until a wharf is constructed. Also, previous to the election my opponent promised that a wharf would be built at the small town of Cache Bay where there is quite an extensive lumbering industry, but there is no appropriation in the estimates for it this year. The Minister of Public Works has laid down the principle tonight that in other provinces small places where little business is done are to have wharfs, but when I make an appeal on behalf of certain places in the province of Ontario he advises me to ask the Ontario government for help. That is neither right nor fair. I am young in this game, as some one called it to-day, but if that is the political game I don't think much of it.

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March 12, 1909