I went all through it and I saw the nature of it. It is nothing like the extent of this building/ I repeat, we have got very good value in this building. I think the money has been well expended. When we consider that this building is to stand for at least a hundred 2531
years, perhaps two hundred-it is built of the most durable material and should last a great many more years than that-I cannot agree with the hon. member for Brome that there has been a lavish expenditure, and if the building can be completed for $10,000,000, the cost cannot be called excessive at the present time.
With regard to acoustics, I believe that the hon. member for Port Arthur (Mr. Keefer) has given us one of the main reasons why gentlemen are not heard in this chamber. They do not exert themselves when they speak. I have never heard any one complain that he could not hear the hon. member for Brome (Mr. McMaster), and there are others who can always be heard-sometimes we hear more than we wish to. It is largely a matter of exerting the voice and trying to make people hear.
I would like to draw the minister's attention to the acoustics of another room, much smaller than this chamber, and that is the Railway Committee room. It is almost impossible to hear a speaker there. You can hear the voice, but the words all seem to run together, and the result is that a great many sentences are lost entirely. It is not because the room is too large, not because the speakers are not speaking up well, but there is something wrong in that room which certainly needs attention.
As to the tower, I hotpe that the very greatest care will be taken in its erection. I have seen one tower fall-in the western block, a few years ago. I happened to be looking out of my window in the direction of the tower, and saw it fall. And another tower was torn down, at the museum. I think we had far better build a tower that is safe than try to reach up too much towards the sky.
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