Yes, except weights and measures, gas and electricity.
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.
This Bill includes the inspection of timber and staples and grain.
Bill reported, read the third time, and passed.
House again in Committee of Supply. Kamloops public building, $11,600.
Hr. BORDEN (Halifax).
Will the hon. gentleman explain ?
This is to complete the work, which is now under contract. The money was voted last year.
Nelson public building, $15,000.
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.
Is the cost of living higher ?
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.
Hon. Mr. PRIOR.
You do not pay the Frenchmen whom you take there from Quebec a higher price, do you ?
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.
Do I understand the minister to say that he has men working for $22 a month ?
Yes, $22 and board. I pay $50 and board in British Columbia.
What is the amount of the contract for that building ?
$50,000. The site cost $11,000.
New Westminster public building, $17,000.
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.
Hon. Mr. PRIOR.
What is the name of the contractor for this building ?
Messrs. Bourque & Desrivieres.