November 26, 1909

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William Pugsley (Minister of Public Works)

Liberal

Mr. PUGSLEY.

If the hon. gentleman means that on a certain day in a certain month each building shall be inspected, there is no periodical inspection of that kind,, but there is a continual inspection going on.

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Mr. R. L.@

BORDEN, Is any record kept of each inspection?

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William Pugsley (Minister of Public Works)

Liberal

Mr. PUGSLEY.

I cannot say to-night, but I can find out from the expert who Mr. LANCASTER.

does the inspection, and will be able to inform the House later at what time this building was last inspected and what is the system of inspection.

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George Henry Cowan

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. COWAN.

I would think that he should wait until he is prepared to give that information.

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William Pugsley (Minister of Public Works)

Liberal

Mr. PUGSLEY.

In the meantime a big rain might come on and destroy a lot of valuable property.

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George Henry Cowan

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. COWAN.

Or a big rat. It seems to me that the Dominion government should at least take the ordinary precaution exercised by a business firm-

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George Henry Cowan

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. COWAN.

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.

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William D. Staples

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. STAPLES.

Has there been any other fire in any other public building in this city during the last year?

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William D. Staples

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. STAPLES.

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.

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William Pugsley (Minister of Public Works)

Liberal

Mr. PUGSLEY.

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.

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Edward Arthur Lancaster

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. LANCASTER.

In view of the position the item is in, I think it had better stand. The minister says he had no idea the item was coming up.

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William Pugsley (Minister of Public Works)

Liberal

Mr. PUGSLEY.

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?

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Robert Laird Borden (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. R. L. BORDEN.

For what year is it a supplementary estimate?

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November 26, 1909