This is a large and important item and there is an increase of $4,000,000 as 308i
compared with last year, when we thought that the vote of $11,000,000 was quite large enough. I have had an opportunity of looking over the work on the Welland canal and I must say that when I saw it some time ago I was impressed with its magnitude. I studied to some extent the traffic passing through the canal and the estimate I got then has been corroborated to-day by the minister; that there was a traffic of some 5,000,000 tons over the canal last year. It struck me that the canal was giving very good service as it was, and at a time like this when our finances are more or less limited it did not seem to me advisable that the expenditures there should be increased. I discovered some time ago in answer to a question that the wofk on the Welland canal is expected to be completed in 1929. So far the expeditures on the canal total $51,203,488.15; that was up to the beginning of the present season. But as it is estimated that the total requirements for the work demand some $100,000,000, it will be seen that we have still something like $49,000,000 to provide before the canal will be completed. Spread that over five years, including the present year and the year 1929, and you have an annual expenditure of less than $10,000,000. Why therefore should we be spending $15,000,000 this year? That is what is bothering me. We have been spending rather lavishly too in other directions. For instance, there is an item of $5,000,000 for Quebec harbour. Is it necessary that we should spend $15,000,000 this year on -this work when other projects elsewhere are not, so far as we know, receiving very much consideration?
Topic: RAILWAYS AND CANALS