I was very much pleased to
hear the Minister of Railways (Mr. Manion) say that some of this money would be expended on work to be done by private companies. I was also pleased to hear the hon. member for Shelburne-Yarmouth (Mr. Ralston) suggest that single men should not be employed on these jobs, and when I take up a case with the minister to-morrow morning 1 hope now that there will be no objection from the other side. Also I am in sympathy with my hon. friend opposite who wanted some of this work given to the Canada Car Company of Montreal. I would remind him that if he and I want to get together and see that the companies in our cities get a share of this work, he had better take to task his colleague the hon. member for South Perth (Mr. Shnderson), who apparently is opposed to the policy of giving private companies any part of it. The hon. member for South Perth is a whip of the Liberal party and no doubt closely in touch with the policy of the opposition, so that what he says must surely be taken for the opposition policy. I want to quote, to my hon. friend from St. Henri (Mr. Mercier) and to others the exact words used by the hon. member for South Perth this afternoon. We do not want to hog this thing, Mr. Chairman. We simply want the work to be divided up, and I think my hon. friend from St. Henri will agree with me that we do not want everything for the private companies.
On the other hand we do not want to follow the policy of the hon. member for South Perth. I want my hon. friend from St. Henri to listen to what the hon. member for South Perth stated this afternoon. I took his statement down and it was this: " Mr. Chairman, I urge upon the minister in regard to this new equipment for the Canadian National that not one dollar of this expenditure be handed out to private companies." These are the words of one of the whips on the other side of the house, and undoubtedly he is pretty closely in touch with the policy of his party. If the hon. member for South Perth has the ear of the opposition, the hon. member for St. Henri and I will be in a bad position, because he doesn't want one dollar of this expenditure given to the private companies. I am pleased that the Minister of Railways has taken a different position and wants this work divided up.