I think it should either insure its own property or take steps to guard more effectively against loss. This particular item does not amount to very much, but if all the property of the Dominion, under control of the Public Works Department, is not subjected to periodical inspection, that seems to me a very startling condition of affairs.
But it is a fair question. We are responsible to the people for these buildings, the people carry their own insurance and we should receive adequate protection, as my hon. friend says, against any fire.
The chief architect says there has been no fire in any of the public buildings except a very slight fire which occurred in my own office some months ago and which was immediately extinguished by means of the hose which was just outside the door. We have a very excellent fire apparatus in the buildings and there was no difficulty on that occasion in putting it out immediately.
No, what I said was that I did not know I would be asked the question as to the inspection of the wiring in the buildings and therefore I was not prepared to-night to give the information
as to that. However, I will get the infor mation and will submit it to the committee. I appeal to the good judgment o| the members of the House and ask whether they think that as this building has been so seriously damaged by fire, a building containing a great deal of very valuable property amounting in all to nearly a million dollars in value, which is liable to be injured by rain, the roof having been destroyed, it is in the public interest that this item should be delayed. Should the item not pass in order that we may as soon as possible proceed to the repair of this building?