Perhaps it is because I am a new member-but I am surprised that $25,000 should be placed in the main estimates for a public building in Antigonish, a town of 1.800 inhabitants. I think the population has been 1,800 for some time, it will likely be 1.800 for the next twenty-five years, and it is not likely that they will want any additional buildings. I believe this is not a fair estimate for a building in a town of that size in the eastern country. In estimating the probable requirements of a town in the next twenty years with the view of erecting a public building there is no possible comparison to be made between the east and the west. The development of the west is going ahead so rapidly that such comparison is impossible. AVhile a town in the west may to-day have only 1,800 inhabitants the prospects are that in ten years the population will be ten times as great. And we should therefore prepare for the future, but there can be no justification offered for erecting a building in the expectation of an equally rapid development in old Nova Scotia.
Subtopic: COMMUNICATION WITH PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND.