Right Hon. J. G. Diefenbaker (Prime Minister):
Mr. Speaker, I have two or three announcements I wish to make today. The first has to do with the Northumberland strait causeway. As the house knows, comprehensive studies were authorized by the government in January, 1958, as to the whole question of the building of this causeway. The government has now decided that a causeway will be built between New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island.
Studies to date have involved several government departments, consulting engineers and the national research council. An important part of the work was the construction of a scale model of the area by the national research council. The purpose of the studies undertaken has been to determine whether the project would be feasible from an engineering point of view and justified from an economic point of view. The answer in both cases is in the affirmative. The most economical crossing for road and rail traffic appears to be a combination causeway with navigation locks and a bridge between Jourimain island, New Brunswick, and Borden point, Prince Edward Island. The estimated cost is $105 million.
Subtopic: N.B.-P.E.I. CAUSEWAY-ANNOUNCEMENT OF CONSTRUCTION