Perhaps I might speak to this item as it happens to be in a district with which I am very familiar. The line is an extension from Lillooet to Squamish. That country has been opened u,p for some fifteen years and communities have been established along the railway line. The railway company, the Pacific Great Eastern, have been somewhat embarrassed by all the demands made on their system, and they have particularly requested to be relieved from the responsibility of providing a public service. They are so much concerned about the situation that they offered the use of their telegraph poles. The result is that a proposal has been made to the government that they should provide the wire in this district, which must necessarily become an integral part of the Dominion telegraph andi telephone system, and take over the service. I am quite sure the government will find that the service will be remunerative from the start. The matter has been before the government for many years, and I want to commend the minister for bringing down this vote, which will give to these communities extending over a distance of eighty or ninety miles the service which they have long sought.
There is only a very small office to accommodate the present staff at Lillooet. Necessarily, if you are going to build a new line, the work of the staff will be increased and additions to the staff will probably be necessary. Has the minister received any report from his officers as to the necessity for a new building in Lillooet to accommodate the additional staff necessary in connection with this extension ?