Mr. Chairman, after the great constitutional issues that have been raised here the subject I am going to bring up will no doubt appear to some to be very trivial and insignificant, but there are several minor points in connection with the estimates as they affect the constituency of Port Arthur which I would like to refer to the ministers who answer for these departments.
Before I begin discussing that subject in specific terms I would like to mention that Port Arthur and Fort William form an economic and social unit. For the last 22 years they have been represented by a pair of gentlemen from the same political party and now that twain has been sundered. I might mention that colloquially around the lakehead the gentlemen who formed this twain were known as the gold dust twins. Now the one who has gone, of course, like the ship named after him is in very icy, far-off waters.
I would like to assure the hon. member for Fort William that when I ask questions that may affect the constituency of Fort William I am not doing so in an attempt to engage in controversial strife. Rather it is simply because our two constituencies are an economic unit.
In connection with the sum of $250,000 for the Fort William harbour works in the original estimates and a further $300,000 in supplementary estimates No. 2 for harbour improvements in Fort William, the Minister of Public Works has informed me that there has been an extension of the contract for the dredging in the west port turning base. I would like to know how much of the estimate has now been spent for this particular project in the Fort William harbour. I would like him to go further and tell me how much of the estimate of $500,000 for improvements at the Port Arthur harbour has been spent, and whether there is any money left for work to be carried on this winter.
Several years ago I believe an experiment was tried at the lakehead by a contractor by the name of Hacquoil, doing winter work over the ice in developing breakwaters and groynes. Because of the developing unemployment situation at the lakehead, an emergency program could be carried on in either or both harbours which would employ quite a number of men. If any funds are left it would be a wonderful boon to our particular community this winter.
I should like to ask the minister who answers for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation what research has been done in connection with the television satellite program. The Fowler commission recommends that areas with a population of 5,000 or more should be serviced by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation with some type of television satellite station. In both spoken and written answers from the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation they advise me that they are in touch with events but that they have absolutely no money to go any farther or even to set up an experimental station. I just wonder whether any of the funds that are to be voted in the estimates for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation are for this purpose. I might say it is a live issue in all the hinterland along the north shore of lake Superior.
Topic: INTERIM SUPPLY