March 11, 1902

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The MINISTER OF PUBLIC WORKS.

Yes.

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Thomas Simpson Sproule

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. SPROULE.

I would like to ask the government if they have received any complaints about the Treadgold concession and what they purpose doing about it. Perhaps the hon. Minister of the Interior (Hon. Mr. Sifton) would be the proper minister to answer that question. If he is absent through illness, we have nothing but sympathy for him. There is a strong feeling against the government to-day in that country if we can place any reliance upon the information that comes from that distant quarter of the country, and the government do not seem to be doing anything to improve the situation unless they erect more buildings there.

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The MINISTER OF PUBLIC WORKS.

The Treadgold business has nothing to do with rents, repairs, fuel, lighting and water service in the Yukon. The Minister of the Mr. MACLEAN.

Interior is not here but when he is in his seat no doubt the hon. member for East Grey (Mr. Sproule) will ask him for an explanation and I have no doubt that his explanation will satisfy the hon. gentleman. In the meantime, I am asking for $76,500 for rents, repairs, fuel, lighting, water service, &c., in the Yukon.

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Thomas Simpson Sproule

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. SPROULE.

According to that I take it that the government have not sufficient accommodation for the transaction of public business and are obliged to rent.

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The MINISTER OF PUBLIC WORKS.

Yes, I have a complete list of the buildings that we are obliged to rent, to repair, to heat and so on.

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Thomas Simpson Sproule

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. SPROULE.

What buildings were erected last year for the use of the government ?

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The MINISTER OF PUBLIC WORKS.

The buildings we erected last year and the year before are the post office, court-house, administration building and governor's* house.

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Thomas Simpson Sproule

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. SPROULE.

What did they cost in the aggregate ?

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The MINISTER OF PUBLIC WORKS.

The post office cost $50,246, court-house, $55,299, administration building, which is a large building, $134,244. Government house, the governor's residence, $41,534.

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Robert Laird Borden (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. BORDEN (Halifax).

When the hon. gentleman (Hon. Mr. Tarte) speaks of $14,000 for the governor's house, he means the cost of construction ?

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The MINISTER OF PUBLIC WORKS.

Yes.

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Robert Laird Borden (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. BORDEN (Halifax).

But this item does not include any of the cost of construction ?

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The MINISTER OF PUBLIC WORKS.

No. My hon friend (Mr. Sproule) asks me the cost of construction and I give it to him.

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Thomas Simpson Sproule

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. SPROULE.

That will be the gold commissioner's office ?

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The MINISTER OF PUBLIC WORKS.

No, it is the governor's house.

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Thomas Simpson Sproule

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. SPROULE.

Then you have a quasi kind of government there. What I wish to draw attention to is this ; I notice by an item in a Dawson paper that the council use the gold commissioner's office for a court-house ; to which I do not see any reasonable objection, but it means that this country appears to be providing accommodation for the municipal corporation there as well as for the government's requirements, and therefore, it may be that we are spending more money than we otherwise would, so as to be able to provide a build-

ing suitable for the accommodation of both.

I take it that the municipal corporation pays no rent for the use of this building.

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The MINISTER OF PUBLIC WORKS.

I do not think we are doing that. We are simply providing for the federal administration.

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Thomas Simpson Sproule

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. SPROULE.

I merely draw attention to the fact that they are using it and I have in my hand a Dawson paper which says so. I only referred to the fact that I might ask, if, on account of this, we were committing ourselves to a larger expenditure than we otherwise would.

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The MINISTER OF PUBLIC WORKS.

Oh, no.

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William Findlay Maclean

Independent Conservative

Mr. MACLEAN.

Here is an item of $76,500 for the maintenance of public buildings in the Yukon, a comparatively small place and therefore small administration, and five or six items down we find that the total cost of the maintenance of the Ottawa public buildings is $67,000. This is an extraordinary comparison. We pay $76,500 in the Yukon and $67,000 down in Ottawa. I think we should have a little more detail.

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March 11, 1902