I want to associate myself with the hon. members who have already spoken on this question. I do not think it is necessary to go into it in detail, because in 1942, when the budget was discussed, I placed before the house several arguments to which proper consideration has not yet been given. The figures quoted by the minister are very fine in theory, but in practice, when it comes to making good the farmers' losses, I do not think they are any good whatever. Until the farming industry is placed on a proper and sound basis we are going to have inequalities, injustices and dissatisfaction. I want to emphasize particularly that because of our taxation structure, as well as other things, farm production is being restricted to a very great extent.
Last autumn-I do not know the exact date-a petition was sent, I am informed, by certain persons who live on what is known as the Cottage road and the Old Black river road in the village of Simonds, in the county of Saint John, New Brunswick, asking for a free delivery mail service. No reply was received to this petition and no action has been taken. On February 7 I wrote the Postmaster General at the request of some of these petitioners, pointing out to him that there are over fifty families living on these roads who have no mail delivery and that in order to get their mail they have to go to the Little River post office, which means a trip for some of them of about seven miles. I pointed out that a service of this kind is badly needed in the vicinity and I hoped that he would give the matter favourable consideration. I received a letter from him in reply, dated February 14, in which he said that he would look into the matter and see what could be done. My question is. has he had an opportunity to look into this matter and consider this request; if he has done so, what conclusion has he come to; if he has not yet come to a decision, will he give the matter his immediate attention?
Hon. N. A. . McLARTY (Secretary of State): I shall be very glad to call this matter to the attention of the Postmaster General. It is more or less localized, and I imagine that if he advises my hon. friend as to the proper answer to the question he asks, that will be sufficient.
With respect to eastern local services across the strait of Canso, it may be that "1 am on the wrong item when I ask about this, but I wonder whether any department of government has given consideration to the reconstruction programme in connection with better transportation across the strait. It was a matter which, when I visited the locality a year ago, was most prominently in the minds of Cape Breton island people. Has some further move been made to build a bridge or provide some permanent means of transportation from Cape Breton
island to connect it with the mainland of Nova Scotia? Perhaps the minister will indicate whether the government has something in mind, because it seems to me that it is a pretty urgent project, one to which attention should be given as soon as war conditions will conveniently permit.
(Minister of Transport) : As a result of the recommendations of the reconstruction committee, and of representations made by the government of Nova Scotia and by members of parliament representing that section of the province, the Minister of Reconstruction has asked the Department of Transport to have the survey remade and checked up for permanent facilities - either a bridge or causeway-across the strait of Canso.