Mr. Murphy (Westmorland):
No, but if you
wish to check the accuracy of that statement I suggest that you get in touch with the hon. member for Oxford, who was on the stage at that time.
There is another project that would assist in relieving the unemployment situation in our district. I refer to the elimination of grade crossings in the city of Moncton. I will not say it is the fault of the railway that the rails go through the centre of town. The rails were put there some time ago when Moncton was a very small place called The Bend, and the town has grown around the railway line. I understand there are plans now for the lowering of the railway tracks so that overhead passage for other vehicles can be built with greater ease. If this were done the trade and commerce section of Moncton would not be cut in two by the railway line, and the crossings would no longer be a menace to the lives of the people in the area.
Another suggestion has been made that the tracks be diverted, and that rather than go through the city they should pass through the west end so there would be no interference with the main streets of the city of Moncton.
I think either of these programs would be acceptable to the people of that area. I know a great amount of work would be created for the unemployed. This is the type of work that has a high labour content and requires a lot of men. I believe such a project would be of great assistance now.
Early this morning we received in our mail a newspaper supplement from Saint John,
New Brunswick, about the Chignecto canal. It hon. members read it they will find what the Chignecto canal is. Briefly, it is a canal to be built on the border between New Brunswick and Nova Scotia to allow vessels to pass from Northumberland strait to the bay ot Fundy. A ship going from Montreal to Boston would save approximately 400 miles. The canal would also be a water lane from Prince Edward Island and the north shore of Nova Scotia to the industrial cities of New England.
The Prime Minister has said, and I agree with him, that this is part and parcel of the St. Lawrence seaway. I would ask hon. members to look at the newspaper supplement on the Chignecto canal. I do not wish to be inaccurate in what I say about it. In that paper hon. members will find a statement by the hon. member for Saint John-Albert. They can read exactly what he has to say, and they will see from what he says how strongly he is behind the project.
This project is one that was held out as an inducement to the maritime provinces to enter confederation. Hon. members will find that after confederation, when the parliament of Canada met, members and senators from the maritime provinces brought up the matter. One senator, Amos E. Botsford of New Brunswick, said the Chignecto canal had been held out by the conference at Quebec as an inducement to New Brunswick to enter confederation. Senator Dickey declared that at the conference it was distinctly understood that the canal should be constructed. John Burpee, then member of parliament for Sun-bury, now York-Sunbury, declared that if the people of New Brunswick had not been satisfied that the canal would be built they never would have consented to the union.
In the newspaper supplement it will be found that many others who were at the conference brought the matter to the attention of the house. The 100th anniversay of confederation will be about 10 years from now, and even if the promise is 100 years old it would be nice to see it fulfilled by that time. This project has twice been in the estimates of the House of Commons.
Having dealt with capital projects, I turn again to the question of the pensioners of the government railway who live in Moncton. I wish to say that I disagree thoroughly with the Prime Minister when he says that this is not an important matter.
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