February 23, 1909

CON

Angus Claude Macdonell

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. MACDONELL.

Is the building completed yet?

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LIB

William Pugsley (Minister of Public Works)

Liberal

Mr. PUGSLEY.

No.

Toronto Military Buildings, Magazine, $1,500.

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CON

Angus Claude Macdonell

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. MACDONELL.

The Minister of Militia is not present, but I would ask the Minister of Public Works if he is aware of the intention of the government as to the erection of the new barracks at Toronto? Just previous to the elections of 1904 we were promised new barracks and a site was purchased but nothing has been since done.

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LIB

William Pugsley (Minister of Public Works)

Liberal

Mr. PUGSLEY.

I am informed that the matter is under careful consideration by 48

the Minister of Militia. I am unable to say just how soon the work will be undertaken.

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CON

Angus Claude Macdonell

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. MACDONELL.

That is a very unsatisfactory statement. We have been told just the same thing since 1904 and we should now know if the government seriously intends to erect these barracks in Toronto.

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LIB

William Pugsley (Minister of Public Works)

Liberal

Mr. PUGSLEY.

I cannot go on with the work when there is no appropriation.

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CON

Angus Claude Macdonell

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. MACDONELL.

Is the minister aware that the government is spending more than $14,000 every year in renting temporary quarters at Toronto as barracks? The accommodation there is absolutely inadequate; it is not sufficient for more than half the force and the soldiers and officers are housed in private quarters throughout the city for which the government is paying a large rental. It is high time for the government to announce their intention in this matter.

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LIB

William Pugsley (Minister of Public Works)

Liberal

Mr. PUGSLEY.

I am told that the Minister of Militia is very desirous that this work shall be proceeded with at as early a date as possible. The expense will be quite large and as the hon. gentleman knows we are spending a good deal of money in Toronto in improving the harbour and other public works. My hon. friend must be patient.

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CON

Edmund Boyd Osler

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. OSLER.

I do not think the government made any rash promises in Toronto this year.

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LIB

William Pugsley (Minister of Public Works)

Liberal

Mr. PUGSLEY.

I do not think they ever made any rash promises.

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CON

Edmund Boyd Osler

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. OSLER.

Oh yes, every previous election they made promises but they knew it was useless in Toronto last year.

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CON

Angus Claude Macdonell

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. MACDONELL.

Perhaps the Minister of Public Works can tell us something about the new post office in Toronto which we were also promised before the elections oi 1904?

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LIB

William Pugsley (Minister of Public Works)

Liberal

Mr. PUGSLEY.

My hon. friend may possibly have some ground for the exercise of his imagination in regard to that matter, because it has been under consideration for some time. The idea was to erect a distributing post office close to the railway station. Since then the railway company has purchased the contemplated site and now there is some talk about utilising a part of the new railway station for postal purposes. I am not prepared to say whether that will come to pass or not.

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CON

Edmund Boyd Osler

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. OSLER.

The post office will merely be a subsiduary office to the Grand Trunk station.

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LIB

William Pugsley (Minister of Public Works)

Liberal

Mr. PUGSLEY.

It will be a distributing office to facilitate the handling of the mail that comes by train-

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Kingston Royal Military College-additional accommodation, $57,000.

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LIB

William Pugsley (Minister of Public Works)

Liberal

Mr. PUGSLEY.

I have the plans and specifications here with reference to these buildings. The tenders received were as follows:-M. Sullivan, Kingston, $77,930; Doran & Devlin, Ottawa, $78,500; McKelvey & Birch, Kingston, $83,000; Elliott Bros., Kingston, $85,000. The department accepted the tender of Mr. Sullivan which was the lowest.

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CON

Edward Arthur Lancaster

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. LANCASTER.

Are these the residences for the men which have cost over $100,000?

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LIB

William Pugsley (Minister of Public Works)

Liberal

Mr. PUGSLEY.

Yes, my hon. friend can look at the plans.

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February 23, 1909