June 28, 1935

CON

Hugh Alexander Stewart (Minister of Public Works)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. STEWART (Leeds):

If this item carries, plans will be prepared and public tenders asked for under the provisions of the Public Works Act. This being in the Tegular estimates it comes under the Public Works Act, and therefore public tenders will be invited and the contractor will be subject to the provisions of the specifications, which require him to employ a reasonable amount of local labour where available and a reasonable number of returned soldiers.

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LIB

Joseph-Arthur Bradette

Liberal

Mr. BRADETTE:

Is that a post office?

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Hugh Alexander Stewart (Minister of Public Works)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. STEWART (Leeds):

It will cover all public services there, post office and others.

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Item agreed to. Manitoba Beausejour-public building, $11,000. Birtle-purchase of building for postal purposes, $2,000. Giml'i-public building, $12,000. Melita-public building, $20,000. Roblin-public building, $20,000 - Total, $65,000.


CON

Charles-Philippe Beaubien

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. BEAUBIEN:

Some time ago I asked the Minister of Public Works to open his heart and do something for constituencies represented by members who are not supporters of the government. So far as Manitoba is concerned, not one riding represented by a member on this side is included in this item. I do not think the minister will come back to a parliament in which there are many members opposite from Manitoba, so that he might as well treat every constituency equally. When he came into power he cancelled tenders that had been called for by the department for the construction of post

offices in certain districts in my riding, and I should have thought, when he was so lavish in building post offices in other districts, he would have put up some of these buildings in my constituency, especially when the money had been voted for the purpose. There is no reason for this discrimination; the needs of all ridings should be taken into consideration. If the minister will consult the files he will find that the town of Morris, Manitoba, which is a very important point, has been asking for a post office for some years. The request has come from boards of trade and others concerned, and I think he might have included it in the supplementaries. I hope it is not too late for the government to do something, because their time is up.

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Item agreed to. Saskatchewan Kindersley-public building, $20,000. Watrous-public building, $20,000-Total, $40,000.


LIB

John Vallance

Liberal

Mr. VALLANCE:

What is the type of work proposed to be put up in Kindersley and Watrous?

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Hugh Alexander Stewart (Minister of Public Works)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. STEWART (Leeds):

These buildings are for postal purposes. As regards Watrous, the site was purchased in 1933-34 at the corner of Second avenue and Main street. It is a one and a half storey brick structure, and the estimated cost of the building is $16,000; fittings $2,000; grading of sidewalk $1,000 and contingencies $1,000, making a total of $20,000. The same thing applies to Kindersley.

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Item agreed to. Alberta Calgary-barracks for permanent force, $400,000. Cardston-public building, $49,000. *Claresholm-purchase of building for public purposes, $5,000. Edmonton-building for Department of Pensions and National Health. $62,000. Innisfail-purchase of building for postal purposes, $4,000. Lacombe-purchase of building for postal purposes, $7,500. Okotoks-purchase of building for postal purposes, $4,500. St. Paul-public building, $15,000-Total, $547,000.


LIB

Ross Wilfred Gray

Liberal

Mr. GRAY:

IIow'much has been expended on the barracks at Calgary to date, and what will be the total cost when completed?

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Hugh Alexander Stewart (Minister of Public Works)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. STEWART (Leeds):

I am afraid I cannot give that information, because, as my hon. friend will recall, the work was undertaken under the provisions of the Public Works Construction Act, 1934, which pro-

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vided that the items in the schedules were to be assigned to departments of government. They were not all under the control of the Public Works department, this work having been assigned to the Department of National Defence. The work out there has been carried on by them, and this department is without information as to expenditures. I think the information was pretty well given in connection with the public Works Construction Act. We had a long debate at that time.

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Ross Wilfred Gray

Liberal

Mr. GRAY:

Can the minister explain why this vote of $400,000 is not continued under the Public Works Construction Act? Why is it introduced into the supplementaries? It seems strange that when $1,250,000 was voted for the barracks at Calgary and, as the minister has said, it came under the National Defence department in connection with the Public Works Construction Act, 1934, we should now be asked to vote this sum in the supplementary estimates. We have objected time and again to these works being taken from one department and split up into Public Works, National Defence and Interior until one cannot find, except by going through the whole of the record, exactly what the works cost. I should like to have a good deal more information than the Minister of National Defence was able to give us at the time we were discussing this particular item a few weeks ago when we learned, after some inquiry, that they were building an officers' mess at a cost of $125,000 and a stable at a cost of $50,000.

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Ross Wilfred Gray

Liberal

Mr. GRAY:

I think the minister should be prepared to give us more information now that he is asking us to vote $400,000 in addition to the sum already voted. He should give us the complete details showing what has been expended and how much more these barracks will cost the country by the time the work is completed.

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Hugh Alexander Stewart (Minister of Public Works)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. STEWART (Leeds):

This is not the same unit of work that is being undertaken by the National Defence department. If I remember rightly the contention has been made frequently, and it has been strongly advocated on the other side of the house, that items of this kind should appear in the regular estimates; it has been said that we should be able to pass on them in the regular estimates, specifying what the vote is required for. This is now bringing the ad-fMr. H. A. Stewart,.]

ditional construction under the provisions of the Public Works Act and getting it back where it has been contended all the time it should be.

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Ross Wilfred Gray

Liberal

Mr. GRAY:

What is the $400,000 we are now being asked to vote to be used for?

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Hugh Alexander Stewart (Minister of Public Works)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. STEWART (Leeds):

The details are these: one airplane hangar, $135,000; one riding school, $75,000; two four-family terraces, other ranks, married quarters, $74,000; construction of two additional married officer's quarters, $40,000; construction of garages to house twelve motor cars, $6,000; one guard house and service control house, $10,000; surfacing barracks square, $30,000; grading and seeding areas around completed buildings, and contingencies, $20,000; architects' fees, inspection, $10,000: total, $400,000.

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Charles A. Stewart

Liberal

Mr. STEWART (Edmonton):

Will this building be located where the barracks are being built?

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Hugh Alexander Stewart (Minister of Public Works)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. STEWART (Leeds):

Yes.

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Charles A. Stewart

Liberal

Mr. STEWART (Edmonton):

This will be a new 'barracks entirely?

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June 28, 1935