Hon. Lionel Chevrier (Minister of Transport):
The hon. member was asking why a differentiation was being made between this branch line and the Sherridon-Lynn Lake line where a contribution of $5 million or some such amount was made by the Department of Defence Production. In answer may I say that Canadian National Railways do not deal with branch lines on a set pattern. They are considered in accordance with the circumstances that arise and each case is decided separately.
There are reasons why in this case there should not be a contribution by defence production. First, no request was made by
Canadian National Railways Canadian National Railways to the government and therefore no opportunity arose. Next, I think there is all the difference in the world-I say this with deference to my hon. friend-between this and the other line.
There was a great shortage of nickel-copper production such as was discovered in the northern part of Manitoba, certainly on this continent. The situation was such that it was felt that defence production should contribute that amount, not only for that reason but also because of the length of the line which is several times the length of this line.
There is not the same shortage of aluminum. We have the development at Shipshaw and there are a number of developments in the United States. There was not the same urgency for this development as there was in the other case. Even if there was a contribution I cannot see that it would make much difference because it would be made out of the revolving fund of defence production.