He also stated that he was in favour of the construction of market roads more particularly for the benefit of the farmers than for the completion of this so-called trans-Canada highway. If the hon. member had only read the resolution he would have seen very clearly that it does not call for the expenditure of money for the purpose of building a trans-Canada highway. It is primarily for the purpose of assisting the provinces to build highways within their borders. They may be local highways, market roads or any other class of roads which the government, if they would make the grant, would determine was in the best interests of the country.
The discussion this afternoon has centred very largely on the question of a trans-Canada highway. When the Minister of the Interior (Mr. Stewart) spoke this afternoon, he intimated that with the exception of three or four hundred miles this road was practically completed. Let me call the attention of the house particularly to the situation in Alberta. If the Minister of the Interior imagines for a moment that we have from Medicine Hat to Calgary an all-weather highway which tourists can travel on at any season of the year except in the depth of winter, I am afraid he is forgetting the geography of that part of the country. That road is merely a dirt highway and when it is wet nobody can travel on it at all. So far as I am aware there is very little gravel road running east and west in any of the three western provinces. Probably there is a little west of Winnipeg, but on the remainder of the road, which might be called a trans-Canada highway, there is very little gravel. The hon. member who has just taken his seat objected to Ontario getting substantial grants of money for the purpose of building this trans-Canada highway in northern Ontario.
National Highways-Mr. Gardiner
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