No, the point is as to whether or not any portion of this money is to be used to extend these lines. As far as that feature is concerned, we were asked to give certain assistance for the purpose of completing the Canadian Northern system. We understood that so far as these provincial lines are concerned, adequate provision would be made under the provincial guarantees. At all events, we asked the company to give us a statement of what requirements were necessary ' for the completion of the system as submitted to us. That statement, as made to us, involved the provision of about $42,000,000 more than seemed to be available at the present time, and so we have brought down these resolutions. What effect will that have upon the development of the branch lines in the provinces of Alberta and Saskatchewan? At least it will have this effect, that if the Canadian Northern Railway system as a system were allowed to collapse and no aid at all were forthcoming at the present juncture, the construction of any lines which have been undertaken as branch lines of that system would, it seems to me, be very greatly delayed. Therefore, so far as that is concerned, we believe that by coming to the aid of the system at the present time and by the endeavour, which we believe will be successful, to place the whole system on a sound financial basis, we shall give a very practical assurance of the extension at an earlier day than otherwise would be possible of the lines to which the hon. gentleman alludes. I am not aware that any application has been made to us for aid out of this sum now proposed to be raised to extend thet particular lines to which he alludes, because, as I understood, the provincial Governments were prepared to implement their guarantees to a further extent for the development of these branch lines. The main line, I think, has been regarded by both the late Administration and the present Administration as a read which should be assisted with federal aid, with the exception of the line through the province of British Columbia, which was initiated by arrangement made with the Government of the province of British Columbia. So far as that was concerned, recognizing, as we did that the system had acquired the status of a transcontinental line and as the development of branch lines throughout the territories would probably he expedited and assisted by putting the main line on the 2581
basis of a transcontinental system, we did assist the line in the province of British Columbia. I do not know whether I have covered all the points which the hon. gentleman brought to my attention, but if there is anything further he wishes me to refer to, I shall be glad to do so.
Subtopic: CANADIAN NORTHERN RAILWAY AGREEMENT.