13 NOVEMBER 1909, Page 28

The Problems of Transportation in Canada. By the Hon. J.

P. B. Casgrsin. (Laflamme and Proulx, Quebec.)—This volume contains reprints of a number of speeches made during the last six years by the author, who is chairman of the Railway Committee of the Canadian Senate. The two questions which are discussed in them are the proposals for the construction of the "National Trans- continental " Railway and of the Georgian Bay Canal. The latter is designed to serve not merely as a great highway for ships between the Lakes and the Atlantic, but also as a means of generating an inexhaustible supply of electric power. Both the schemes, by lowering the cost of transport, should tend to reduce the price of wheat. But the railway will excite in England more interest than the canal on account of its strategic import- ance in providing an alternative, and perhaps shorter, route to India. Such great public works as these are the concern of the Empire as a whole.