My constituents are interested in this railway, and I agree with the hon. gentleman that I would rather have two roads in my constituency
than not have any ; hut I do not expect to get two roads in a hurry, and X shall he very glad to get one. If the hon. gentleman takes a rule and applies it to the map, he will find that from Halifax to the Central Railway, running near New Germany, is about seventy miles which is the subsidy we have provided for this section. At the same time, if the companies propose to consolidate these various sections into one through line, prefer to keep to the shore instead of going inland, X am bound to say that I would rather see a road on the shore than none at all. We do not propose to tie ourselves up to a route in either direction, but leave that to be decided by the companies on commercial grounds. I hope soon to see a road built to New Germany and run south through Queen's county, and I have no doubt that will be taken up to some extent by the new enterprise. In the meantime, we are glad to get one road, and the second one will come in due course.
But my hon. friend will see that a road from Halifax through New Germany, North Brookfield and Caledonia to Shelburne, will give us a direct route ; and it would be much more useful to the public than the other route. Surely, my hon. friend is not in a position to say that that road can be built, and be as useful for the public generally as the road I suggest from Caledonia, through to Shelburne.
For a line of railway from a point on the Algoma branch of the Canadian Pacific Railway, at or near Bruce Lake Station northerly, to a point at or near Rock Lake, in the district of Algoma, not exceeding nine miles, $28,800.
This is an extension of the Selkirk branch of the Canadian Pacific Railway. The Canadian Pacific Railway nuns to West Selkirk, and last year that company built a branch from West Selkirk to tap the south end of Lake Winnipeg for the purpose of establishing a summer resort. This railway will run from the end of that branch up to where six or seven thousand Icelanders have settled. It will be thirty-five miles long, and run through a rich well-wooded country, and enable the settlers to clear up their lands. The local government of Manitoba have had, through their agent, five Icelander delegates from North Dakota, go up there to inspect the lands, and as the result we will have 4,000 or 5,000 people from North Dakota to settle in that district at a very early date.