March 27, 1903

CON

Thomas Simpson Sproule

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. SPROULE.

They must have done most of the expensive work or as much

foundation work as would enable them 10 tell how they have to finish it.

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The MINISTER OF PUBLIC WORKS.

The chief architect states that this will complete the work. If it does not, he will be able to give very satisfactory explanation why.

Toronto-Dominion public buildings-renewals, repairs, &c., $8,000.

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James Clancy

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. CLANCY.

Would the hon. minister allow this item to stand and also the one that follows, Toronto post otfice. I have been requested to ask that these two items stand.

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The MINISTER OF PUBLIC WORKS.

I am quite agreeable.

Items allowed to stand.

Toronto Junction-public building, $15,000.

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The MINISTER OF PUBLIC WORKS.

This is to provide a building for post office and customs purposes. The total estimated cost is $38,135. That includes the site and the building, as well as the fitting, heating, lighting, &c.

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James Clancy

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. CLANCY.

What did the site cost and how much will the building cost, and the heating, fitting and lighting ?

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The MINISTER OF PUBLIC WORKS.

Tlie site cost $4,500. Including all expenses, $4,625. I need not give the estimated cost of the building, heating and fitting as I have already read the particulars.

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James Clancy

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. CLANCY.

From whom was the site bought ?

The MINISTER OB' PUBLIC WORKS. The site was purchased from the Real Estate Loan Company of Canada, limited.

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The MINISTER OF PUBLIC WORKS.

No.

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Thomas Simpson Sproule

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. SPROULE.

Then this is just an estimate. There is one pleasant feature about this. When the hon. member for that riding was running his election, he and his friends gave the word that if he were elected, there would be a good post office put up, and now the government are redeeming their promise. It is so unusual to see this government redeem any of their promises that I cannot but help giving them credit in this instance. Whether the transaction might be considered bribery or not, I am not going to discuss. Toronto Junction requires a post office and should get it. No doubt the site was bought from some very good friend of the government. I do not know whether the government xmid double its value or not, but they probably paid a good round figure. They will no doubt follow that up by giving the contract to one of their friends, but I would advise them not to give it at too high a figure and then

ask us next year for an additional sum to complete or they may expect much more severe criticism.

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Archibald Campbell

Liberal

Mr. CAMPBELL.

The site was bought at a very reasonable price, $75 a foot for 00 feet on Dundas street and 130 feet on King street. It is one of the best sites in. the whole town of Toronto Junction. Toronto Junction, as everybody knows is growing rapidly. It has a population of nearly 7.000. The post office receipts are nearly $5,000 a year, and the customs about $60,000 a year. This all appears under the head of Toronto, as Toronto Junction is an outport of that city. The present post office is very small and the amount they are paying for rent for the present post office and also for the customs will pay a reasonable sum on the cost of the building.

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Archibald Campbell

Liberal

Mr. CAMPBELL.

For two rooms they are paying $20 a month. Four or five years ago rents were very low and they made an exceptionally good bargain renting the two rooms for $12 a month. But when the lease was to be renewed, rents had gone up and they had to pay $20 a month. I am sure that when the time expires again the rent will be still further advanced.

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CON

Edmund Boyd Osler

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. OSLER.

These rents are a little more than three quarters of one per cent on the amount to be expended.

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Andrew B. Ingram

Liberal-Conservative

Mr. INGRAM.

Last night I asked for a list of the papers in which tendersi for the Clinton post office were advertised for.

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The MINISTER OF PUBLIC AVORKS.

Orders have been given to have a list prepared, and I shall be glad to send it to the hon. gentleman (Mr. Ingram).

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Samuel Hughes

Liberal-Conservative

Air. HUGHES (Victoria).

I was not in my place when the minister gave details with regard to the Cobourg drill shed. Though a little out of order I ask leave to go back to that point. I wish to know if the Slinister of Public Works has outlined any policy in relation to these drill sheds erected throughout the country. I think he should prepare some plan by which drill sheds could be erected at much reduced cost. In that way all the regiments could be provided for, but, at the present rate of going, and each drill shed costing a great deal of money, it will be years before the country will be anything like fully served with these sheds.

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March 27, 1903