To my mind, the best way of assisting the provinces in the matter of road improvement, is not through the Dominion Government stepping in and doing the work themselves, but simply making grants to the provinces, or extending bonuses to municipalities which are carrying on improvements. Such an Act would be of benefit to all, all municipalities would equally be in a position to take advantage of it, provided they improved their roads. Make the bonus $25 or $50 or $100 as you please, for every mile improved. Such an enactment would be fair to all, nobody would be singled out for special favours. Any municipality effecting such improvements, would be entitled to get the grant provided by the Act. I think such a procedure would be a good deal more satisfactory than that laid down by the Government in its Bill of last session.
In concluding, I wish to draw the attention of the Minister of Public Works-I do not know whether he understands French -to the work on the embankment at La-prairie. When the estimates of his department are brought down, I shall take occasion to confer with him at greater length on the matter. In the meantime, I would like to urge on him the necessity of getting the contractors who signed the papers a few days ago, according to the answer given yesterday to a question put by me, to push the work to completion as expeditiously as possible, so that the farmers of Lap.airie 176i
and Napierville may take advantage of them. I think that the road might be completed within two or three months, and then not only farmers, but the automobile clubs of Montreal and elsewhere would be in a position to use it.
Mr. Speaker, I shall not tax your patience any longer; I have kept the floor a good deal longer than it was at the outset my intention to do, and in resuming my seat,
I must thank the House for the courteous hearing hon. gentlemen have extended to me.