April 16, 1901

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The MINISTER OF INLAND REVENUE.

Yes, except weights and measures, gas and electricity.

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Robert Laird Borden (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. BORDEN (Halifax).

As the minister says the inspection of all goods is to be placed under the control of the Department of Trade and Commerce, I shall not offer any objection to the Bill. It is desirable, of course, that the inspection should not be divided between two departments.

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The MINISTER OF INLAND REVENUE.

This Bill includes the inspection of timber and staples and grain.

Bill reported, read the third time, and passed.

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SUPPLY.


House again in Committee of Supply. Kamloops public building, $11,600.


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Robert Laird Borden (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Hr. BORDEN (Halifax).

Will the hon. gentleman explain ?

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The MINISTER OP PUBLIC WORKS.

This is to complete the work, which is now under contract. The money was voted last year.

Nelson public building, $15,000.

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The MINISTER OP PUBLIC WORKS.

I am sorry to say that this will not be sufficient to complete the work. $20,000 was voted last year, and we are now asking $15,000 for the work which will be done this year. It will require $25,000 more to complete the work. I am very sorry to say that work is more expensive in British Columbia than in any other part of Canada. Wages are 50 or 75 per cent higher there.

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The MINISTER OP PUBLIC WORKS.

Yes, I quite grant that. For instance, while I pay men $22 or $25 a month for dredging on the St. Lawrence, I have to pay them $50 a month in British Columbia; and everything else is very much higher there.

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Edward Gawler Prior

Conservative (1867-1942)

Hon. Mr. PRIOR.

You do not pay the Frenchmen whom you take there from Quebec a higher price, do you ?

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The MINISTER OP PUBLIC WORKS.

I do not take men from Quebec; but we pay men there $50 a month. I do not complain. I simply state the facts in order to explain to the House that if the works cost more in British Columbia, it is to a large extent due to higher wages and the greater cost of living.

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Edward Frederick Clarke

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. CLARKE.

Do I understand the minister to say that he has men working for $22 a month ?

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The MINISTER OP PUBLIC WORKS.

Yes, $22 and board. I pay $50 and board in British Columbia.

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The MINISTER OP PUBLIC WORKS.

$50,000. The site cost $11,000.

New Westminster public building, $17,000.

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The MINISTER OP PUBLIC WORKS.

This will pay the balance of the cost. My hon. friends know that the public building there was destroyed by fire, and we had to rebuild it.

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The MINISTER OF PUBLIC WORKS.

Messrs. Bourque & Desrivieres.

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April 16, 1901