self without representatives in the federal parliament. Those are the opinions expressed by resolutions and deputations of Toronto Liberal organizations. There is, in fact, no customs warehouse in Toronto; a lot of the goods are down at the Union station, out on the pavement and in various old rented shanties, and there is no place to house them. This is a public utility and should be operated as such. There is nothing which retards trade, both retail and wholesale, more than the inadequate way in which this public utility is operated. No concern under private ownership could live twenty-four hours if it was conducted in this manner, and treated its patrons as the citizens of Toronto have been treated.
I have a table of receipts here which I will not read but which shows that Toronto contributes over 45 per cent of the total customs revenue.
The late Minister of Customs and his predecessor went to Toronto and saw the actual conditions. A site was purchased from the city at about one-third of its value cfver twelve years ago. This lot was situated on the south side of Front street, and was bought in 1917 for $110,000. I venture to say that the increment to the government from that lot would amount to over $400,000 at the present time, so that as a real estate speculation they have made over $300,000 by that purchase. The new building was not erected because war broke out, but the war has been over for some years, and that excuse will no longer serve. The time for talk has passed and the time for action has arrived. The work of the customs in Toronto is spread out around the old Union station, the new station, the docks, and all along the waterfront to West Toronto, a distance of several miles. That is surely no way to conduct such a business. No regard should be taken of the way the city votes; this public utility should be operated from the commercial point of view.
I do not wish to criticize the young minister, because he has done just as well in this connection as his predecessors, and he has not been very long in office. I would be the last to say anything against him, but he knows something of conditions in Toronto. He has been up there and I believe in the short time that he has been in office he has become well acquainted with those conditions. It is not a question of spending money but of giving adequate service; the people of Toronto will pay for it anyway. They have to in part. They will pay two or three million dollars which is to go to the Hudson