Yes, quoting it with
approval and adopting the language as your own, I take it. It is quite true that we have run along for twenty-two years, but the matter has become more urgent all the time. We might run along for another twenty-two year3, but this is the opportune and proper time to carry out the work. Why should there be delay when the money is offered to us by the government, to be spent in the city of Toronto? My hon. friend makes a point of the airport. I am quite willing to agree with him on that matter; I am quite willing to say that this will be of great advantage to the city of Toronto, inasmuch as it will connect the mainland and the city with the airport. That airport is an actual thing at the moment, although at present it is devoted only to seaplanes. Toronto must have its airport, and according to the best authorities this is the proper place for it.
For twenty-two years at least, to my knowledge, the idea has been held that there should be access to the island around the lake shore, both from the western and the eastern channel, and I say the time is opportune to provide that access. The dominion has made a solemn agreement to construct this undertaking, so why should we refuse the offer of the government, one party to the agreement, at this time?
I do not desire to repeat arguments that have been advanced already. Let me say in summing up that twenty-two years ago the dominion entered into a solemn bargain to construct this undertaking. We are still bound by that bargain, and now the dominion says it will implement the agreement and do its part. As I say, this is an opportune time, because we can spend from 8780,000 to $1,000,000 for direct labour in the city of Toronto. It is true that this tunnel will connect one part of the city of Toronto with the rest of the city, but this is a harbour. The city of Toronto could have operated its
little ferry boats across this gap had it chosen to do so, but the requirements of the harbour navigation prohibit anything of the kind. The harbour authorities knew that shipping would be interfered with if a fleet of small ferry boats should be operated; across that gap, and they decided that they could not operate the entrance properly with any such disturbance of navigation.
I need not go into the question of cost, because the tunnel will cost about the same as the bridge which the government agreed to construct. One point I should like to make, however, and which I urge upon members of this house, is that this undertaking is designed to help the common people of the city of Toronto reach a part of the city to which they are denied access at the present moment. This is the most beautiful part of the city, I think, during the summer months; it should be a playground for the people but now it is reserved for the few. Those of us who are anxious to see that the common people get all that can be given them are most anxious that this item should pass. It will not be money wasted; it will be money well spent, and for many reasons this is an opportune time to proceed with the work.
Topic: PUBLIC WORKS PROGRAM
Subtopic: WORKS, UNDERTAKINGS AND GUARANTEE OF RAILWAY EQUIPMENT SECURITIES TO CREATE EMPLOYMENT