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province of Quebec. They should take great pride in the facilities which are being provided by the Canadian National system. I think the declaration has been made to the house by the hon. Minister of Railways and Canals that it is the policy of the Canadian National system to provide proper terminal facilities in most of the large cities of Canada. While I congratulate the citizens of Montreal upon the treatment they are receiving at the hands of the government, I would like to see the people of the old city of Quebec treated in the same manner. Montreal, Toronto and many other cities in this Dominion have been treated quite generously by the Canadian National system while we have been endeavouring for over twenty years to obtain the proper terminal facilities in the city of Quebec. We were told by the government of the late Sir Wilfrid Laurier that the city of Quebec was the real terminal of the Transcontinental and the Canadian National railway systems, and that we would have proper facilities. We were promised those facilities in 1910, when the Hon. S. N. Parent was chairman of the National Transcontinental railway commission. Proper engineering plans were prepared; a site was decided upon, and a contract was entered into between the city of Quebec and the Transcontinental railway. The city of Quebec consented to give a most valuable property fronting on the St. Lawrence, the Champlain market, a property worth more than $5,000,000. A contract was given to a contracting firm to erect a million-dollar railway station, and there was constructed from the Quebec bridge to that station a road six and a half miles long. After the change of government in 1911, a year later, the contract was cancelled; all work was postponed, and an agreement was entered into between the Transcontinental and the Canadian Pacific whereby the Transcontinental was to use the Canadian Pacific railway facilities at a rate, if I am not mistaken, of $200,000 a year which the Transcontinental paid to bring people into the city of Quebec and then hand them over to their competitor, the Canadian Pacific.
Supply-Pensions and National Health
As I have said, the citizens of Quebec have been making requests of the governments that have been in power from 1911 to 1921, but they have always been told that their requests were under consideration. I remember in 1917 and 191S asking some questions of the then Minister of Railways, the Hon. Doctor Reid, and the then Minister of Public Works, the Hon. Mr. Carvell, and that was the answer which was given. The Minister of Public Works at that time said that the way in which the work had been carried out in the city of Quebec was a tragedy. They admitted that our need was most urgent and1 that something should be done. The present government seems to be well disposed towards the city of Quebec, but we fail to see that anything is being done in our city. A few weeks ago I put a question on the orders of the day, but the same answer was given me by the government, namely, that the matter was under consideration.
Quebec is the oldest and one of the most important cities of the Dominion; it is the only one vdiieh has contributed towards railway development, towards the building of the Quebec and Lake St. John railway and the building of the Canadian Northern railway, and it has given to the Canadian National railway system a property worth more than
85,000,000 in order to obtain proper facilities in the city of Quebec. We are ashamed to say that we are treated as a flag station rather than in the way we should be treated. I do not blame the government, but I say that there is lack of attention on the part of the administration of the system. Sir Henry Thornton does not treat the people of the city and district of Quebec in the way in which we should be treated, and whenever an opportunity is afforded me I will protest as I have done to-day against the way in which we are treated in our city. I am glad to see that the government is dealing so generously with the city of Montreal and I hope it will press the urgency of our needs upon the administration of the railway and do something to render justice to the citizens of Quebec in whose behalf I will continue to protest.
Subtopic: CANADIAN NATIONAL RAILWAYS