April 25, 1905 (10th Parliament, 1st Session)


George Taylor (Chief Opposition Whip; Whip of the Conservative Party (1867-1942))

Conservative (1867-1942)


I think the inquiry should be extended. The constituents I have the honour to represent are very largely interested. Within an area of half a mile square, and close to the town of Gananoque, there are three of these immense tanks lying out in the open air, exposed to any person who may come along and tamper with them. No person is in charge of them. The explosion that took place at Kingston was that of a small buoy, not one-fourth the size of these immense tanks lying exposed

to any accident that might happen to tlipm. They are in close neighbourhood, to many of the Thousand Islands, where hundreds of steamers are passing every day loaded with passengers, they are within a very short distance of the town, and if another explosion took place similar to that which I have mentioned, our town would be blown out of existence. A most rigid inquiry should be made. I warned the government when they first proposed to adopt this system of lighting that it was dangerous, and would surely result in accidents. An accident has occurred already, and even more disastrous than I expected. At every place in the country where people have adopted this system of lighting, accidents have occurred ; but the government, for some reason or other, went on and adopted it and are using it now. The people in Gananoque at present are very nervous on account of this immense quantity being stored there, and think this commission should be enlarged ; and if the stuff is found to be dangerous, it should he removed out of the municipality at once.

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