March 24, 1904

LIB

Robert Franklin Sutherland

Liberal

Mr. J. SUTHERLAND.

The hon. gentleman must see that this matter does not come up properly under the item which we are discussing.

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George William Fowler

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. FOWLER.

I am not asking for details. I am simply asking whether in the near future such Is the intention of the government.

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Robert Franklin Sutherland

Liberal

Mr. J. SUTHERLAND.

In a general way. I have no doubt that it is their intention. But my hon. friend will understand that the Department of Public Works will only erect such building at the request of the Department of Militia and Defence.

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LIB

Robert Franklin Sutherland

Liberal

Mr. J. SUTHERLAND.

They furnish us with sketches and outlines of what they require before the matter is taken up by the chief architect of the Department of Public Works.

Mr..FOWLER. Have the Department of Militia and Defence an architect of their own ?

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Robert Franklin Sutherland

Liberal

Mr. J. SUTHERLAND.

They are not called architects. They are engineers. They have graduates of the schools who are capable of drawing plans.

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George William Fowler

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. FOWLER.

Would it be possible that tne Department of Militia and Defence through their engineers prepared these sketches and sent them to the district officer commanding at St. John for his approval before they were submitted to your department?

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LIB

Robert Franklin Sutherland

Liberal

Mr. J. SUTHERLAND.

That is quite possible, because 1 know that sketches of this kind are sent to the local officers commanding and that they come to our department with the remarks and information furnished by the Department of Militia and Defence. I think it is usual to consult the officers of tho>

militia in regard to any work of this kind that is going on.

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George William Fowler

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. FOWLER.

Then these sketches would he sent to the district officer com-

manding for liis approval before they were submitted to your department ?

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Robert Franklin Sutherland

Liberal

Mr. J. SUTHERLAND.

It is customary to do that. That might be done before the plans were drawn and before the matter came to our department at all.

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George William Fowler

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. FOWLER.

The engineer would prepare a sketch, send it to the district officer commanding for his approval and then it would come back to your department?

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CON

Richard Blain

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. BLAIN.

Is it customary to prepare plans before any money is voted for a public building ? \

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Robert Franklin Sutherland

Liberal

Mr. J. SUTHERLAND.

As a rule the plans are prepared in order that parliament may be intelligently - asked to authorize a vote.

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George William Fowler

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. FOWLER.

These plans were something like the telegram that came down to St. John at the same time from the general manager of the Grand Trunk Railway applying for berths. But, he missed fire ; he did not know on which side of the harbour the railway was going and therefore he applied for berths on the wrong side.

Woodstock armoury and gun shed, $15,000.

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LIB

Robert Franklin Sutherland

Liberal

Mr. J. SUTHERLAND.

This vote is expected to complete that armoury. If I remember aright the explanation given last session was that the rink was purchased at the request of the Militia Department. They have a very large field battery there. The rink was purchased, I think, for $0,000.

I am only speaking from memory. This amount is taken to fit up the building in accordance with the request of the Department of Militia and Defence. '

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March 24, 1904