When is it proposed to go on with this work? Votes of this character have been placed in the estimates from time to time, and have not been expended, but have been merely dangled before the eyes of the people and used for the purpose of securing votes, and after the election is over it. is found that the money has not been expended or the work gone on with. Will the minister give me the direct statement to-night that he intends to go on with this work?
This work has been asked for, not by the member for the county nor by any of our friends in the county, but by the resident engineer, who reports that it is necessary. The intention is to go right ahead with the work this year.
I hope the minister does not intend to waste the time of the House on small items such as this, which can easily be voted after the recess. They surely cannot expend more than five-twelfths of this $700 in these six weeks. I do not see any urgent necessity for passing this item.
The deputy minister reports that in respect of these works the engineer is instructed to go ahead and make the repairs; he assembles the men, appoints the foremen, and they go to work-It does not take them long to spend $700. If they cannot go on and complete the work, it has to be left half finished, and when a further amount is voted, the men have to be brought back again. In many cases, if these repairs" are not made, it means serious damage to the wharfs and an expenditure of thousands of dollars.
The minister says that the revenue was about $30,000 for the whole Dominion for these wharfs. In the Auditor General's Report I find that the contribution of Ontario was last year $5,661; Quebec, $2,879.29; Nova Scotia, $5,456.46; New Brunswick, $3,637; British Columbia, $314.16; making a total of $20,042.46.