Oh, yes, as to when parliament prorogues. It is quite evident, Mr. Speaker, that the date of the prorogation of parliament will determine whether or not the constituencies are represented, having regard to the provisions of the statute; and as to when parliament will prorogue, no government can say.
The house in committee on Bill No. 23, respecting the Essex Terminal Railway Company-Mr. Robinson-Mr LaVergne in the chair.
Section one agreed to.
On section 2-limitation of time for commencement and completion.
My reply would be that construction will take place as soon as the Ojibway plant goes ahead. At the present time they have a wire loom and bin plate mill, I believe the tin plate mill is the first of its kind in Canada. When these two plants are running to capacity they employ about 500 men. For the past nine years there have been seven blast furnaces erected, and when conditions warrant work will be commenced. I may add that the construction of this road would prevent traffic through the Windsor and Sandwich section. If Ojibway does not go ahead there will be no cause to build the road.
The hon. member has not answered my question. I want to know why the railway was not previously built, considering the fact that the first extension was asked for in 1902, and since that date there have been eleven granted.
My hon. friend will know that the steel industry in Canada has not been what we had hoped for, and owing to the war this construction has been delayed. As I say the road will not be constructed unless the program continues in Ojibway.