Mr. Murray (Cariboo):
I know that this is the end of this parliament, that shortly the curtain will come down upon this parliament, and a great many splendid things have been done. But how much more happy I would have been if I could have returned to the Peace river country and said that the government of Canada had decided to fling a railroad in there so that those people would have an outlet to their natural markets on the Pacific coast.
I realize that under the chaotic political conditions now existing in British Columbia
we cannot expect the initiative for the construction of this Pacific coast outlet to come from there. 1 know that the minister could easily say that this is primarily a provincial obligation. Northern Alberta and British Columbia are entitled to a Pacific rail outlet. Theoretically at any rate those two provinces are in a position to join forces for the building of that outlet without any assistance from the government of Canada, since there are Social Credit premiers at Victoria and Edmonton. Together they could initiate and carry out the program they have repeatedly promised but which has not been undertaken.
We did get an extension north from Prince George to the Peace river country for which I commend and thank the minister who was associated with the construction of that 80-mile road which was part of the policy of the premier of British Columbia under a Liberal administration. They had promised to construct an outlet into the Peace river country. When they went ahead with that 80-mile road a subsidy was paid by this government with the kind approval and support of the Minister of Transport. I hope that the day will come again in British Columbia when a Liberal government will sit at Victoria and we will be able to continue where we left off in the construction of a rail line into the Peace river valley serving, as I have said, a country larger than western Ontario, a great agricultural country, a country rich in timber resources, coal and other minerals and which has now come into the picture as a great producer of oil and natural gas.
If I am permitted to return to this scene following the next election I hope to come with new vigour and to make a further argument to the minister and those who are associated with him in an effort to convince them that the primary job of the 22nd parliament of Canada should be the development of the Peace river country and the providing of transportation facilities equal to those in Ontario, Manitoba or elsewhere.
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