May 23, 1919 (13th Parliament, 2nd Session)


Frank Broadstreet Carvell (Minister of Public Works)

Unionist (Liberal)


My hon. friend is quite right that tenders were called for and an Order in Council was passed, but I do not think the contract was signed. It was just a week or two before or practically at the time that war was declared, and the matter was allowed to drop. When I came into the department, of course, the matter had practically ceased to exist. I have not included this in the Estimates for this year for the very good reason that I thought we should wait until the highway policy of the Dominion and the provinces was
settled, because I do not think we would be justified in erecting
a bridge costing, I suppose, $500,000 or more, across the Ottawa river until we know exactly whether it will form part of the general highway from Montreal to Ottawa. Personally, I feel very strongly on this question, and I should like to see a beautiful highway extending from Montreal to Ottawa. To my mind it is incomprehensible that the capital of Canada is absolutely cut off as regards automobile traffic, from the rest of the world. A man would require tremendous courage who endeavoured to get out of Ottawa in an automobile.

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