Hon. Lionel Chevrier (Minister of Transport):
Mr. Speaker, I have an announcement to make respecting the subject of the Canso project.
Preliminary work is proceeding rapidly for the construction of the causeway across the strait of Canso. This important engineering work is being undertaken by the federal government and the province of Nova Scotia and has reached the stage where tenders
have been called for the rock-fill. The magnitude of this undertaking is better appreciated when it is realized that something like five million cubic yards of rock will have to be quarried, transported and dumped in the building of this rock-fill.
On Tuesday the Department of Transport received nine tenders from various contracting firms, ranging from slightly under $6 million to almost $10 million. The tenders submitted have now been carefully examined with a view to prices, equipment to be supplied and quarry location.
The lowest bid submitted was that of Northern Construction and J. W. Stewart Company, Limited, of Vancouver, at the price $5,786,650. A submission to council authorizing the acceptance of this tender has been approved by the government and immediate steps will be taken to enter into a contract with the successful bidder.
Subtopic: LETTING OF TENDER TO VANCOUVER COMPANY