I should like the minister to tell us, if he can, something about the development of the chromium mine at Collins, Ontario. When I was in the north last summer,
I ascertained that about eighty men or more were working there and that the raw product was shipped to Sault Ste. Marie. At Sault Ste. Marie I went to see the smelting of the chromium. When I was there, the plant making the ferro-chromium for the Algoma Steel works was not running at full capacity, and the reason they gave was that the ore could not be brought out from Collins because of the condition of the roads. It appears that the mine is about twenty miles from the Canadian National railway, and as this is a new industry in northern Ontario which, if developed adequately, would give employment to a large number of men and would render very great assistance to steel plants both in Sault Ste. Marie and throughout the country, I should like to know what is being done. This is a new industry in that part of Ontario. The government sent a number of geologists throughout the country to try to find mines, but having found them they said, in effect, " Now, go to it and see what you can do." I think there should be some branch of the department to follow up these matters further. In this case apparently it is a question of roads, and I should iiice to
see the department take whatever means may be available in order to induce the appropriate authority having charge of the construction of roads to get busy and see that the road is kept open so that the operation of the mine will not be interfered with. I should like to hear from the minister as to the prospects of the chromium mine of Collins, Ontario, becoming more completely developed for the benefit of the steel industry of Canada.