May 29, 1925

CON

Arthur Meighen (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. MEIGHEN:

There were only nine

arrivals throughout the year?

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John Warwick King

Progressive

Mr. KING (Kootenay):

That is, arrivals

entered in the customs return, but we have no record of the 'smaller boats.

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Arthur Meighen (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. MEIGHEN:

But those are the only

vessels of any account that call?

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John Warwick King

Progressive

Mr. KING (Kootenay):

Oh no; there are

fishing vessels as well. The harbour is used by the local trade.

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Arthur Meighen (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. MEIGHEN:

There would be no record unless the vessels carried goods that entered the customs?

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CON

Arthur Meighen (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. MEIGHEN:

But there would be no

record of vessels going to Cape Breton?

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John Warwick King

Progressive

Mr. KING (Kootenay):

I said Cape

Breton, but they might go anywhere else. I want to be clear on that point. The customs returns show so many vessels having entered and cleared; but as I have said so often, there are local vessels coming and going of which no account is taken.

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Edward Joseph Garland

Progressive

Mr. GARLAND (Bow River):

What is

the total amount that has been spent on this wharf up to the present time?

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Item agreed to. Nine Mile Creek-wharf repairs, $2,450.


PRO

John Warwick King

Progressive

Mr. KING (Kootenay):

This is to repair

a wharf twenty feet by eighteen feet, the damage having been caused by ice pressure, and to reconstruct entirely the outer portion of the wharf. The surrounding country is rich in agricultural products, and contains several hundred persons, a number of whom are employed in fishing, there being two lobster factories located in the district.

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Item agreed to. Souris-breakwater repairs, $36,500.


PRO

John Warwick King

Progressive

Mr. KING (Kootenay):

This is a considerable sum. It is to keep in repair an important pier or breakwater which forms the harbour at Souris, which is an important harbour of refuge. It is used largely by the fish-

Supply-Harbours and Rivers

ing fleets of Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island, as well as other fishing vessels that go to the banks off there. The engineer reports;

Since the face of the outer block was damaged in the fall of 1915 nothing has been done to make it secure, and although it has withstood all heavy seas and storms up to the present time much better than anticipated, it is now beginning to show signs of weakness and very serious damage is liable to take place at any time unless the stone face is extended along the seaward face and front of this block. The breakwater is a commercial necessity beyond question, for without the protection it affords Souris as a shipping and fishing centre could not survive.

The work is one of some magnitude, the sum of $498,685.33 having been expended on it up to March 31, 1925.

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John Warwick King

Progressive

Mr. KING (Kootenay):

The town of

Souris has a population of 1,100. The industries consist of fishing, cold! storage plant, lobster factory, saw mill, and planing mill. I should like to emphasize the fact that this harbour is more than a local harbour for Souris. It is the eastern terminus of the Prince Edward Island railway, now operated by the Canadian National, and is largely used by the fishing fleets that ply off the coast of Nova Scotia. . -

Mr. CALDW'ELL: Is the railway to Souris a narrow gauge railway?

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Thomas Wakem Caldwell

Progressive

Mr. CALDWELL:

Has the government

ever considered widening the gauge so that this portion of the Prince Edward Island railway may be afforded more traffic?

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John Warwick King

Progressive

Mr. KING (Kootenay):

I have no personal knowledge of the matter, but I understand it is under consideration.

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Arthur Meighen (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. MEIGHEN:

This is in the constituency of the hon. member for Kings (Mr. Hughes) ?

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May 29, 1925