I quite agree with the
statement of the minister as to the isolation of Ottawa from the rest of the country, and I think it is extraordinary that the capital of the Dominion should be so isolated. We are not isolated from a railway point of view, for Ottawa is a good railway centre. But if you leave Ottawa by automobile, when you have reached a certain radius you cannot go further. It seems to me that the good-roads policy has made such steady progress in all parts of the world, and especially in America, that the Provincial Governments of both Ontario and Quebec should see that transportation by way of good roads should be available from Ottawa eastward and westward. I am informed that it is the policy of the Quebec Government to have a new road betwen Montreal and Ottawa.
I am not at liberty to say whether it will be on the north or south bank of the Ottawa river, but the Prime Minister stated not very long ago in my presence that he did not understand why there should not be as good communication by highway, between Ottawa and Montreal, for instance, as there is between Montreal and Quebec. The good-roads policy adopted by the Quebec Government eight or nine years ago has undoubtedly produced excellent results in our province. It has attracted a large number of tourists and has improved our country hotels. It has proved for the farmer as well
as the resident of the city a source of comfort, and for the farmer a source of wealth. Coming back to Ottawa, it is incredible that this city should be isolated as it is. I am not speaking for myself. Sitting on this side of the House, I can not claim to have the privileges enjoyed on the other side. I have no automobile, but I say that the capital of the Dominion should have allround excellent communication, and in view of the improved highway system that is being advocated in every progressive province, it is not fair that our capital should be isolated.
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