February 4, 1909

CON

James Davis Taylor

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. J. D. TAYLOR.

I was just about to remind the hon. gentleman (Mr. Pugslev) of the facts. During the campaign in Chilliwack, the Minister of Inland Revenue (Mr. Templeman), the minister who represents the province of British Columbia, on his responsibility as a minister, and expecting that his statement would be taken as that of an honourable man at par, told the people that if they and others would assist, and if the government were returned to power, a most substantial government building would be constructed in Chilli-

wack. I submit that conditions have not changed since the tenth day of October, when the Minister of Inland Revenue upon the stage of the theatre in Chilliwack, made that promise, and that the government is in honour bound to carry out this pledge, even thdugh the people of that riding did by a very substantial majority return the present member instead of the gentleman put forward by the government of the day.

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LIB

William Pugsley (Minister of Public Works)

Liberal

Mr. PUGSLEY.

Was any statement made as to when this building was to be commenced? The hon. gentleman (Mr. J. D. Taylor) must have patience.

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CON

James Davis Taylor

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. J. D. TAYLOR.

As we do not seem to be very busy, and as time is not pressing, I would like to inform the committee of something that did occur at that time. We were discussing at Chilliwack a matter of very pressing importance for British Columbia, the matter of better terms

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LIB

Alexander Kenneth Maclean

Liberal

The CHAIRMAN (Mr. A. K. Maclean).

The hon. gentleman (Mr. J. D. Taylor) is departing from the resolution if he is going to discuss the question of better terms.

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CON

James Davis Taylor

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. J. D. TAYLOR.

Mr. Chairman, I have been listening to the debate all evening, and have heard a large variety of topics discussed, but have not heard anybody called down yet for being out of order. I do not think I am going further astray than those who have preceded me. In answer to the minister who has asked the question, I would like to explain the circumstances which occurred at this meeting in Chilliwack. We were discussing the question of better terms. In answer to our argument that we were not receiving from this government the terms we had a right to expect, we were told by the Minister of Inland Revenue that the province of British Columbia was about to receive better terms from the government at Ottawa. But, he stated, instead of giving this money to be squandered by the McBride government, they were spreading it over the province in the shape of appropriations for government works of all kinds. Why, he said, we have given you a substantial public building in every place of any importance in the province; we have purchased in Chilliwack a valuable site, and we intend to erect a first-class building upon it. Of course we all understood, every reasonable man would understand, the minister to mean that having purchased a site he intended to proceed immediately with the erection of that building. I submit that'it was not businesslike on the part of this government to buy an expensive site in the city of Chilliwack, promising the people that if this government were returned they would erect this building, and then, after the government had been returned, to turn around and say: We find that the finances are so straitened

we have no money with which to erect a building, and we propose to allow the lot to stand idle and take the money we intended to expend in Chilliwack and with it erect a palatial residence at the city of Ottawa for a highly paid official of this government. I submit that is not the proper way in which this government should treat the people of British Columbia.

Some resolutions reported.

Mr. PATERSON moved the adjournment of the House.

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CON

George Taylor

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. GEORGE TAYLOR.

What business do you propose to take up to-morrow?

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William Paterson (Minister of Customs)

Liberal

Mr. PATERSON.

I did not ask the Prime Minister, but I suppose we will go on with the estimates, probably Civil Government and Public Works.

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Motion agreed to, and House adjourned at 12.20 a.m. Friday.



Fbiday, February 5, 1909.


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