railroad has already promoted considerable economic activity in that large area. Moreover, its extension into the lake St. John district will help commercial relations between the two important districts of lake St. John and Abitibi, to the mutual great advantage of both areas.
Construction of that railroad will unquestionably permit the establishment of many parishes, and promote the development of several new mines. Already, there are over 400 families and business establishments of all kinds in Chibougamau proper. In addition, the Opemiska Mining Company has' just set up a new municipality, Chapais, where no less than 125 families have settled.
Being now acquainted with these facts, and knowing that our district has a population of about 200,000, mostly farmers, you will agree, I think, that we are justified in expecting the establishment of a regional slaughter-house and cold-storage plant which would permit our settlers and our farmers to raise cattle on a larger scale and to increase their agricultural production, since their products could be marketed in an orderly way during the year, which means that our producers would enjoy a security essential to the conduct of their business.
On the industrial level, as was so well outlined by my colleague, the member for Ville-neuve constituency (Mr. Dumas), which is adjacent to the county of Chapleau, it is quite possible that a zinc smelter will be built before long in our district. I may add that I learned recently that Noranda Mines company might build a copper smelter. Moreover, in view of the boundless forests that are found in the northern part of my county, it is highly probable that a paper mill will also be built near Mattagami lake.
The construction of a new section of the railway, about 50 miles in length, from the vicinity of Beattyville up to Mattagami lake, would be warranted by this building of a paper mill.
Once these large scale projects are carried out, we will owe them to the work and unrelenting efforts of our public bodies, our industrial board, the professional organizations of our farmers and agronomists, our municipalities and our county council. I wish to congratulate them publicly, to thank them for their co-operation and to urge them to continue their work of promoting the development of this corner of northwestern Quebec so that it may become one of the most important districts and thus greatly contribute to the economic welfare of Canada.
The Address-Mr. D. Gourd
Now, Mr. Speaker, I make it a point to congratulate our able Minister of National Defence (Mr. Campney) for his good administration. But I have a suggestion to make in connection with national security. I have already pointed out in this house the many reasons of national interest which would justify the federal government in approaching the government of the province of Ontario to ensure completion of the road connecting Norembega in the province of Ontario and the town of La Reine, in the province of Quebec, a distance of 47 miles. I do not intend to repeat the arguments. I believe however that the dangers which threaten our country and the development of modern weapons which have justified the establishment of a network of radar stations-two of them located in my constituency-require the direct assistance of the Department of National Defence for the completion of that road and the establishment of a communication system between the two provinces.
There is another stretch of road whose construction by the Department of National Defence would undoubtedly be most necessary and urgent. This stretch would connect Casey-where the department has built a very important airport-to the radar station at Parent. It is a distance of about 25 miles where construction would be very easy; it would certainly not cost more than $15,000 per mile and would provide an outlet for the population of Parent and the surrounding area.
I wish also to take advantage of this opportunity to ask our devoted Minister of National Health and Welfare to see to it that the rate of family allowances and of the disability pension be increased.
Now, Mr. Speaker, I would not like to end my remarks without mentioning once again, as I have done in my previous speeches, the necessity of appointing a representative to the Vatican. As almost every other country in the world is represented there, and as everybody admits without religious or national prejudice that the Holy See is an element of unity and peace between nations, I am convinced that, for Canada, the appointment of such a representative would be a help and a contribution to the cause of universal peace.
I also submit that the government would respond to the wishes of the great majority of the Canadian people and would follow its regular Canadian policy by giving this coun-