We purpose constructing a deep water wharf on the property acquired from the Bank of Montreal, formerly the Carrier-Laine property. $400,000 was voted last year, and out of it we have paid for the property, and we think the vote of $55,000 will enable us to enter into a contract.
This is to make provision for improvements in the way of dredging on the Mission river, and also at the harbour of Port Arthur, and for revetment walls on the Mission river, and also for a breakwater at Port Arthur. This amount is required to carry on the work during the present year.
In view of the rapidity with which the work is going ahead, and also in view of the fact that we have given favourable consideration to the proposal to build a breakwater extending from what is known as Bare-point, a little to the east, of the dry dock and ship-building and repairing plant, which are being established at Port Arthur, this amount will not be sufficient, and we propose asking for a further amount-if my colleagues approve of it-in the supplementary estimates. It is desirable to carry on this work without unnecessary delay.
The expenditure was $355,000 as follows: Balance of purchase price paid to the Bank of Montreal, $330,000; interest at 5 per cent, $4,855.55; further interest at 5 per cent, $8,572.43; outlay for arbitration and surveying expenses and temporary repairs, $4,919.43; additional expenditure previous to the close of the fiscal year, $1,652.59.
Quebec harbour-improvements at mouth of River St. Charles' estuary, $180,000.
This work has been going on for a number of years with the object of giving accommodation for oceangoing vessels at the port of Quebec. We require this amount to continue the work of the present year, which is under contract.
No, the hon. gentleman is misinformed. The work is a very excellent work; the wharfs are built of crib-work under water, and for a certain distance under the water the superstructure is of concrete. We are building a very fine system of piers.