Mr. Speaker, we are told, today, that more and more farmers are leaving the land to settle in cities. If we have to deplore an ever-increasing unemployment, seasonal unemployment, in particular, it is
because our farmers are going to the cities where they add to the number of labourers who, unfortunately, have to rely on temporary jobs for their living.
It is our duty to help keep the farmers on the land, and in so doing, we help maintain the stability of the Canadian economy, because agriculture has always been and will always be the soundest basis of society, and that is needed in this country probably more than elsewhere.
In concluding, Mr. Speaker, I would like to say a word or two on the subject of the building of the Chibougamau-St. Felicien railway. Last summer, I made numerous representations together with my colleague, the hon. member for Lake St. John (Mr. Gauthier), in order to bring the matter to a head. Guarantees were put up by the lumber companies, and we have not yet given up hope that the Canadian National will accept these guarantees. I plan to deal with that subject again, when this house discusses the motion introduced by the hon. member for Lake St. John. However, I think I always did my best to bring about the implementation of that project which, in my opinion, is of capital importance for the future of the economy, not only of my constituency, but also of my whole district. It has always seemed strange to me to note that those who never work for the cause are always the first to take the credit. They give us the impression they are trying to keep alive the tradition of the fly on the wheel.
Incidentally, I would like to ask the hon. member for Three Rivers (Mr. Balcer), whose absence is so often noticed in this house, to kindly read again what was said last year in this house and at the railway committee, in order to find out what the hon. member for Lake St. John and myself have done, within our party and outside, to have that project carried out one way or another.
I would like to tell him again, in conclusion, that I am confident the Chibougamau-St. Felicien railway will soon be built; I will continue to rely on the spirit of understanding of the Prime Minister (Mr. St. Laurent), of the Minister of Transport (Mr. Marler), of all the members of the cabinet, and of the Canadian National authorities for the construction in the near future of the St. Felicien-Chibougamau section of the Chibougamau railway. No doubt it will be built in my constituency, and I undertake to promote this project to which we could never give too much importance.
Mr. Speaker, I shouldn't like to overtax your patience, and I thank you for the forbearance you have shown me.
On motion of Mr. Harkness the debate was adjourned.
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