be expanded, and I notice the minister mentioned that the province of Quebec is working out with the federal government a plan to join in the roads to resources program. As early as July 9 there was an article in Le Devoir to this effect:
The Lesage administration has already approached the Diefenbaker government with regard to possible sharing in the roads to resources program and the provision of picnic and camping grounds. Such was the information being passed along the corridors of the House of Commons, yesterday, in Ottawa.
I also understand that the minister has received a visit from the Quebec minister of mines, and I hope that following this visit the minister will be in a position to tell us that everything will be done by his department so that Quebec will be able to go ahead with this program of roads to resources in a very short time. Actually, in Quebec the province is building a road about 110 miles long from the town of Amos to the lake Mattagami mining area and this road should be built under this program.
Unfortunately the previous government of Quebec did not want to participate in this program with the result that already some money has been spent in the construction of this road, money which should have been spent by the federal government. I sincerely hope the minister will see his way clear to let the province of Quebec take advantage of this very important program of roads to resources, especially for this road going from the town of Amos to the lake Mattagami mining area. I understand the cost of the road has been estimated at $4 million and the province of Quebec instead of coming here and trying to co-operate with this government to share 50 per cent went and constructed this road by themselves. But they were not shy to go to the mining companies and ask them to participate in the cost of this road.
I already mentioned in this chamber that I was against asking the mining companies to participate in the cost of building a road of that kind, if it is a hard road leading to a definite point where you have only one mining company.
The minister has already explained his department is ready to participate even in the construction of those roads on a 33 per cent basis; the provincial government would put up 33 per cent and the mining company interested would put up 33 per cent. That is all right, but in the matter of constructing a road which will be utilized by maybe 100 companies engaged in exploration and by other people interested in the lumber and pulp
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industry, a road like this should be the responsibility of the provincial government and the federal government.
I hope the minister will answer these questions: How much money did we spend in 1959-60? We know that in 1958-59 we spent $1.75 million on roads to resources. I would also like to know what we spent in 1959-60 and the amount the minister really expects his department will spend for the year 196061. In the estimates there is the amount of $8 million while last year it was $9 million. Of course these figures do not mean anything, because as I said before during the last fiscal year we did not spend the full amount of $9 million.
Another matter in which I am interested concerns the construction of roads in Yukon and the Northwest Territories. Last year an amount of $4.1 million was spent in the Yukon and $6.9 million in the Northwest Territories. This year we are supposed to spend $3.4 million in the Yukon and $4.1 million in the Northwest Territories. This is a difference of $3.5 million, meaning that this coming year we will spend $3.5 million less. Is that because roads are not necessary or is it because the program is not such that plans are ready to construct those roads? Because I understand the government had a program of $100 million to be spent in the Yukon and Northwest Territories during the next seven years.
Resolutions adopted in committee of supply this day reported and concurred in.