Yes; but it was spent
there of course for the benefit of the country generally. It would be a very good object lesson to our people in the practice of economy if every .possible curtailment of expenditure could be effected, even at the risk to a certain extent of injuring some of our public works already constructed. To-day Canada is suffering from a very heavy burden of taxation, and I believe we need a striking object lesson not only in regard to economy in Dominion expenditure but economy in provincial and municipal expenditure. Out through the western country in many cities, including my own, there has been a determined attempt not to incur further expenditure on public works of any kind for some years to come. As a consequence, in my city the tax rate has been cut down by several mills. I believe the tax rate of the country generally could also be cut down substantially if we made up our minds absolutely to refrain from embarking on new public works that are not absolutely needed, and I would include my own city in this respect, because while there is room for a larger development of the harbours at the head of the lakes, and in the years to come this development will have to be undertaken, yet for the present I believe that enough work has been done there for the public services to be carried on very satisfactorily for a considerable time. I believe the general rule laid down by the previous government has been lived uip to by this government in dealing with requests for new post office buildings, and I think this
rule should be applied to all classes of public works except such as are absolutely necessary. With regard to new post office buildings, I have had requests for a couple in my riding, but I pointed out that post offices were not being built in other sections of the country, and as a result I got very /little complaint from my constituents, although of course they repeated their requests. I sympathize with this government as I did with its predecessors, who took the attitude that unnecessary expenditure of that kind should not be undertaken. I think it will be well worth while for the minister and the government to very seriously consider this proposition in the interest of the country generally. I am not offering my proposal for drastic economy in any spirit of criticism of the government, because I admit it is trying to live up to the rule laid down by the preceding administration, but our taxation has become so heavy and conditions generally are so depressed throughout the country that I believe it is the duty of every member to impress on the government the urgent necessity of drastic economy in public expenditures wherever this is possible without affecting service to the public.