June 3, 1921

L LIB

Lucien Cannon

Laurier Liberal

Mr. CANNON:

I hope there will be a whole lot of improvement in the restaurant next session. It has been altogether unsatisfactory. I do not wish to be overcritical, because this is the first session we have had the organization, but I hope that those who were managing the restaurant this year have taken due note of the defects and short-comings in the management, and that next year we will have a much better service.

Harbours and rivers-Port Arthur and Fort William

harbour improvements -[DOT] further amount required, $100,000.

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NAT L

Fleming Blanchard McCurdy (Minister of Public Works)

Nationalist Liberal

Mr. McCURDY:

This vote is asked for towards the construction of the Fort William breakwater. As hon. members know, it has been under construction for some years. None of these Supplementary votes are being asked for in connection with new works.

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Item agreed to. Public Works-Quebec-Anse St. Jean-wharf reconstruction, $2,000.


LIB

Joseph Philippe Baby Casgrain

Liberal

Mr. CASGRAIN:

I gave the Minister of Public Works a list of certain improvements which were necessary in the county I represent, but I have not seen any provision for them.

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Fleming Blanchard McCurdy (Minister of Public Works)

Nationalist Liberal

Mr. McCURDY:

There is a general appropriation for urgent repairs to a limited extent, and any sums necessary for the purpose mentioned by my hon. friend can be taken out of that vote. It is in the Main Estimates.

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Henri-Edgar Lavigueur

Laurier Liberal

Mr. LAVIGUEUR:

I have been asking the department for some time now to repair an important wharf in my constituency. This wharf was built by the Government but was destroyed by the flood of 1918. So far no action has been taken in the matter.

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Fleming Blanchard McCurdy (Minister of Public Works)

Nationalist Liberal

Mr. McCURDY:

As I stated in answer to the hon. member for Charlevoix (Mr. Casgrain), there is a general vote for urgent repairs under which this matter can be taken care of. I will look into the matter.

Pembroke-Repairs and wharf replacement,

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L LIB

Isaac Ellis Pedlow

Laurier Liberal

Mr. PEDLOW:

Is this item for a new wharf at Pembroke or for repairs to an did construction?

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Fleming Blanchard McCurdy (Minister of Public Works)

Nationalist Liberal

Mr. McCURDY:

The engineers report that it is obvious that the present decayed

structure will not serve the traffic for very long, and the proposed reconstruction should not be postponed. The Wharf is used for the Oiseau, which operates between Pembroke and Des Joachims, a distance of 40 miles, making four return trips weekly during the season between May 1 and November 15. The Oiseau accommodates 5,700 passengers for the season and carries some 600 tons of freight. The wharf also accommodates a ferry boat, three alligators belong to the Upper Ottawa Improvement Company, and numerous launches. The $60,000 is required for urgent repairs and reconstruction work, the wharf having almost ceased to be of any use.

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Fleming Blanchard McCurdy (Minister of Public Works)

Nationalist Liberal

Mr. McCURDY:

It is a combination

wharf, partly cement and partly wood.

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Fleming Blanchard McCurdy (Minister of Public Works)

Nationalist Liberal

Mr. McCURDY:

Yes. Temporary repairs must be made for this summer's traffic and reconstruction will probably be begun this autumn and carried on largely during the winter and into next year.

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L LIB

Isaac Ellis Pedlow

Laurier Liberal

Mr. PEDLOW:

What is the cost of the

repairs being carried on at the present time?

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Fleming Blanchard McCurdy (Minister of Public Works)

Nationalist Liberal

Mr. McCURDY:

The cost of the present repairs will approximate twelve to fifteen thousand dollars, and a part of the timbers which are being used for these repairs will be used again in the re-construction of the permanent wharf.

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L LIB

Isaac Ellis Pedlow

Laurier Liberal

Mr. PEDLOW:

I would like to know

if tenders were called for the performance of this work?

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Fleming Blanchard McCurdy (Minister of Public Works)

Nationalist Liberal

Mr. McCURDY:

No, it is being done by the department itself. Tenders were called for the material.

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Isaac Ellis Pedlow

Laurier Liberal

Mr. PEDLOW:

Would the minister

let me have the names of those who tendered for the timbers used in the repair?

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Fleming Blanchard McCurdy (Minister of Public Works)

Nationalist Liberal

Mr. McCURDY:

Yes, I will send the

information to my hon. friend to-morrow. It is not in the statement furnished me.

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June 3, 1921