I do not propose to be niggardly at all. I appreciate what my hon. friend has said about these people being pioneers with their all invested in that part of the country, and we shall bear that in mind in dealing with this matter.
Yes, at Peers. The distance is six or seven miles, but the map shows it to be only five, and I fancy it is a pretty bad road. There must be quite a number of settler-s in that settlement, because they were there before -the railway, I do not know what -representations have been made to the minister, but I am just drawing to his attention that the pioneers of
previous item, last year and the year before a survey was made for a proposed short line leaving the Intercolonial at some point about Glengarry and making for the straits of Canso. Has anything been done in regard to the matter?
About a month ago I drew the minister's attention to the taking up of the tracks leading to the Sackville wharf. The minister replied, reasonably enough, that the tracks had been taken up for shipment to France to be used by the Imperial Government. It is a matter of only a few hundred yards, and I think the officials of the road were a little panic stricken when they took up these rails, for they are pretty old, having been there for a number of years, and weigh 56 pounds. I have been home since last speaking to the minister about this, and I find that the people are absolutely held up because of the lack of this little piece of track. Is it not possible for the minister to give the people of that section this wharf accommodation?
I hope to be able to do it very soon. We are getting 12,000 tons of rails rolled at Sydney, and I think most of them are ready now. As soon as we can get the rails out of the main line and put these in, we shall attend to this matter.