April 17, 1905 (10th Parliament, 1st Session)

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Samuel Hughes

Liberal-Conservative

Mr. SAM. HUGHES.

The Auditor General's Report shows that last year the fol-148
lowing sums were paid for dredging at Port Arthur and Fort William :
Dredging in entrance channel to Kaministl-quia river-
A. F. Bowman, services of dredge No. 6, Aug. 13, Oct. 13, May 16-31, 139,596 cubic yards at 15 cents, $20,939.40. -
Great Lakes Dredging Company, services dredge No. 5, Aug. 1-11, 14,128 cubic yards at 15 cents, $2,119.20. .
Dredging in Kaministiquia river near elevator ' D '-
A. F. Bowman, services of dredge No. 6, Aug. 1-12, 20,184 cubic yards at 20 cents, $4,036.80.
Great Lakes Dredging Company, services of dredge No. 5, May 26-31, 8,887 cubic yards at 15 cents, $1,333.05.
Dredging in Port Arthur harbour-
C. S. Boone, services of dredge ' Kingsford ' and plant, October 1-November 20, May 16-31, 168 hours at $12, 496 hours 50 minutes at $10, $6,984.33.
Dredging in Port Arthur harbour at new Canadian Northern Railway elevator-
A. F. Bowman, services of dredge No. 6, October 14-November 25, 39,313 cubic yards at 23 cents, 13,606 cubic yards at 40 cents, $14,484.39.
Twenty-three cents a yard and forty cents a yard. What is the difference, I want to know, between the material for which 23 cents was paid and the material for which 40 cents was paid.
Great Lakes Dredging Company, services of dredge No. 5, November 1-25, May 18-25, 30,641 cubic yards at 23 cents, 2,830 cubic yards at 40 cents ; dredge No. 1 (Arthur) October 16-No-vember 25, May 25-June 30, 14,250 cubic yards at 23 cents, 13,134 at 40 cents, 2,270 at 90 cents, 91 at $1.25, $18,917.28.
I believe that the Great Lakes Dredging Company is the new name of this outfit. Mr. Bowman, for dredging in the river Kaministiquia, at 20 cents a yard, was paid $20000 while the Great Lakes Dredging Company, for dredging at 20 cents and 23 cents a yard, received $13,000, and so on. A total of about $109,000 was spent last year and only a few yards in front of the elevator at Fort William was paid for at the rate of 15 cents a yard. All the rest of it was paid for at the rates of 20 cents, 23 cents, 40 cents and $1.25 a yard. I make the statement, and there is no one who is acquainted with modern systems of dredging but will bear me out, that with that class of work a contractor will be able to make a fortune at 5 cents a yard. It would pay a contractor to take this work in tile Port Arthur and Fort William harbours and in the Kaministiquia rivers at 5 cents a yard, to purchase modern dredges for the purpose of doing that work, and I venture the statement that on the basis of two years work, that is last year and this year, he would not only have made enough to pay for the dredges but to have a large profit over their cost. The gentleman who, when his friends were in power in the province of Ontario had handed over to him the whole of the fishing rights of Lake Nipigon and had handed over to him the millions of the guarantee

that -was given for a little railway in the vicinity of Sault Ste. Marie, is receiving this large sum of money for doing this dredging practically without competition, and now, the Dominion of Canada is to be taxed for the benefit of this outfit. We want the bon. acting Minister of Public Works to call a halt in this matter. We want these harbours to be improved as Duluth and Superior City harbours have been improved, but we want the money to be properly expended so that when vessels approach these harbours they will have, in place of the single lilttle breakwater there now, advantages equal to those at Duluth-Superior whose magnificent lines of concrete docks and magnificent channels 25 to 30 feet deep offer exceptional facilities to navigation, vvnile we have expended nearly $1,500,000 at Port Arthur and Fort William they have expended $4,000,000 at Duluth-Superior. There will not be a man in Canada who will not be ashamed of what is now going on at Port Arthur and Fort William.

Topic:   DREDGING CONTRACT AT PORT ARTHUR AND FORT WILLIAM.
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