Mr. MACLEAN (Halifax):
I might say that the construction of a grain elevator at Halifax was projected in 1912, under the government then led by Sir Robert Borden, and which my hon. friend supported. In that year my right hon. friend will remember that it was decided that the railway terminals of Halifax were to be properly or improperly- improperly, I think-removed from one end of the city to the other, and the erection of this elevator was a portion of that project. The present elevator, which was constructed jointly, I think, by the city, the government of Nova Scotia, and the Dominion government many years ago, cannot now very well be used by reason of the fact that the railway terminal facilities have been moved to another end of the city. Further, the present grain elevator is obsolete and not suitable for the handling of grain.
I cannot say, and I am sure my hon. friend cannot very accurately tell us, what quantity of grain has gone through the Halifax elevator. It is true that port is not a big grain exporting port. The business men of Halifax hardly expect it to be a large grain exporting port, but still a certain quantity may very profitably find an outlet through Halifax. I have been personally advised by two or three of the largest shipping companies using that port during the past winter, that a modem elevator of a million bushels capacity would be of great service to the port and to shipping. At the present time a great deal of shipping might go to Halifax were it not for the reason that they are unable to secure grain as a partial cargo.