I will say this, that I represent the farmers in my riding, and to the best of my ability I think I make a pretty good job of it. I do not need any assistance
or interruptions from those who spend most of their time in visiting outside the house, and who do not stay here to fight on behalf of their constituents.
I say it is a disgrace to this government or any other government to permit a railway to avoid taxation. Mark you, this is a revenue producing line, making many millions of dollars, and we farmers have to pay for it. The last time the dike was wrecked the Canadian National was out for forty-eight hours. The hon. member from the Vancouver district who has been interrupting knows that just as well as I do; and that affects not only Fraser valley, but the whole of British Columbia,
For the railway company through the minister to submit to me a letter stating that they are not affected at all, after I have set out their levels and have told them that their railway was under two feet of water; for them to tell me that it is not a matter of national concern and that they should be allowed a free hand, in the face of this 21 per cent freight increase, and when they can pay only seven cents an hour increase in wages, is not good enough.
I would ask that it be called eleven o'clock, and that the minister prepare a statement for me when we resume again.
Tomorrow we shall resume the debate on the second reading of Bill No. 300, to amend the Canada Shipping Act, 1934. If that bill is passed we shall go into committee of supply to continue the estimates of the Minister of Transport. At eight o'clock, as previously announced, the Minister of Finance will bring down his budget. I understand that the budget debate will be adjourned by a member of the opposition. Then, if the Minister of Transport has not concluded his shipping bill or his estimates, he will continue. If this work is completed we shall resume debate on the second reading of Bill No. 280, to amend the National Housing Act, 1944.