I would like to add a word to what the hon. member for Victoria has said with regard to that great north country extending down to Prince Rupert. It seems a shocking thing when one is reminded of an expenditure of $1,250,000 at Prince Rupert for an elevator, to think that practically nothing has been done to develop that great stretch of northern couritry in British Columbia. Some years ago I had the opportunity of traversing that section of British Columbia, and when one remembers that after you pass through the mountain pass you have practically 500 miles of country with hardly a mountain to be seen, and that nothing has been done to develop it, but that $1,250,000 has been thrown away on an elevator at tidewater at Prince Rupert, it seems to me it is only another evidence of the lack of business ability and acumen on the part of this government in failing to assist in the development of the natural resources of Canada. Why a half or a quarter of that money devoted to the assistance of a pulp mill, for instance, near Prince George would have provided employment there and enabled a settlement to have started. Another quarter of the money specifically set aside for settlement in that territory would have provided a great deal of traffic for the Canadian National lines. It does seem to me that in the expenditure of the capital funds of this country we ought to begin on a business basis and set aside certain areas in the nine provinces of the Dominion and work in co-operation with the provinces to develop traffic along the line of the Canadian National railway instead of spending money on useless projects such as this elevator at Prince Rupert.
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