Hon. J. A. MacKinnon (Minister of Mines and Resources):
Yesterday the hon. member for Kootenay East (Mr. Matthews) asked me whether any decision had been arrived at with respect to the route of the trans-Canada highway through the province of British Columbia. I answered that I had not heard of any such decision. A communication has been received from Hon. Mr. Carson, Minister of Public Works for British Columbia, enclosing a plan of the proposed route through British Columbia. This plan shows the route to be the one commonly called the Banff-Big Bend route through the provinces of Alberta and British Columbia. I am not sure that decision is definite as yet, Mr. Speaker, but that represents the recommendation coming to us at this time from British Columbia.