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.
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?
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.
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.
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. '