Hon. S. F. TOLMIE (Victoria City):
Before the Orders of the Day are called, I would like to direct the attention of the leader of the Government to an article appearing in the press this morning to the effect that work on the Esquimalt dry dock has been ordered stopped. In that connection I would like to read a wire from
Nova Scotia Miners
the Associated Boards of Trade of British Columbia, dated Victoria, March 31. It reads
Whereas it has been brought to our notice that the Federal Government has ordered the suspension of work on the building of the Government dry dock at Esquimau; also we understand that the work on the floating dry dock at the Wallace shipyards, North Vancouver, has been discontinued by order of the Government; and exceedingly regretting that the Government has seen fit to stop both of these important works especially seeing that at Esquimau they have already expended approximately one and one half millions of dollars ; therefore be it resolved that this meeting of the Associated Boards of Trade of British Columbia in session at Victoria request the Government to immediately reconsider their decision in order that these important and necessary works for the development of the ports of Victoria and Vancouver be proceeded with as rapidly as possible.
This telegram clearly indicates that the matter is one of great importance not only to the ports mentioned, but also to the great shipping interests of the Pacific coast. I should be very glad indeed, therefore, to receive from the leader of the Government some statement as to what the Government intends to do in this connection.