It proved the foresight of the hon. member for Vancouver Centre in anticipating what ought to be done. If I were asked the question "Is the elevator at Prince Rupert before its time?" I would not want to say but that, perhaps, it is just a little previous. But when I look back at the effect the building of the elevator at Vancouver has had on that city I must say that I think Prince Rupert is entitled to consideration. Vancouver is not the only city on which the sun shines; there are other places entitled to elevators as well as Vancouver.
It has been said by one of the hon. members from Alberta that he has brought the Peace river district to the notice of the hon. Minister of Railways (Mr. Graham) a great number of times. I frankly admit that he has; but if the Minister of Railways would figure out the number of times I have called on him and advocated the opening up of the Peace river country I think he would admit that I have brought it up a good many times also. When I think of that vast empire up there in the northern portion of Britjsh Columbia I do not think any government is doing justice to the people of Canada as a whole in not giving that country an outlet; and I say that section of the Grand Trunk Pacific will never be on a paying basis until there is an outlet from the Peace river connecting up somewhere near Vanderhoof or Prince George. I have enough confidence in the Minister of Railways, to justify me in the belief that such an outlet will be built in the near future. An outlet ha3
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been advocated for quite a number of years by way of Brule. I have always opposed that for the reason that the route from Brule to Grande Prairie would traverse barren country and a very expensive country to build a railway through, whereas the other route, for the greater part of the distance, would run through a good agricultural district. As to the cost of clearing the land in the Peace river country I heard one hon. gentleman say it would amount t,o $35 an acre. I would say that the cost of clearing land for the average homestead in the Peace river country would not be $2.50 an acre; in fact the greater part of the country is prairie land, with an amount of light timber on it. Taking all these matters into consideration, and recollecting what happened in the case of the Vancouver elevator, I think the government is justified in going on now with the construction of the elevator at Prince Rupert in that it has already been started.
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