November 30, 1909

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CON

Richard Blain

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. BLAIN.

Does not the minister think the language of this item is rather indefinite? It says: ' Quebec East, public building'. It does not say whether it is for a post office or not. Does he not think we should specify what the money is required for?

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William Pugsley (Minister of Public Works)

Liberal

Mr. PUGSLEY.

There is only one public building in Quebec East, that is the building under contract. Last session we put in a vote in exactly the same terms, so I do not think it would be desirable to make any change.

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George Eulas Foster

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. FOSTER.

I would suggest that you add the words ' post office ' after the words ' public building'.

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CON

George Eulas Foster

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. FOSTER.

What is the present cost of the service, and where is it being carried on?

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William Pugsley (Minister of Public Works)

Liberal

Mr. PUGSLEY.

In St. Roch, the rent paid for the post office is $700 per annum, in St. Sauveur, $225. The total is $925. This one building will accommodate both divisions.

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Charles Alexander Magrath

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. MAGRATH.

The minister said the Postmaster General supported the construction of this building. Is it the custom of the Department of Public Works always to get the support of the Postmaster General before post offices are constructed?

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George Eulas Foster

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. FOSTER.

Before this building was planned, was there any communication between the Department of Public Works and the Postmaster General as to the nature and kind of building he wanted in which to carry on the post office work? .

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William Pugsley (Minister of Public Works)

Liberal

Mr. PUGSLEY.

Yes, there were a number of consultations, in which the Postmaster General informed us what was the accommodation required; and plans were submitted to the Post Office Department and approved.

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George Eulas Foster

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. FOSTER.

Of course the minister sees what he is doing. Whereas to-day you are paying less than $1,000 for accommodation, the yearly cost of this new building will be close on $10,000.

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William Pugsley (Minister of Public Works)

Liberal

Mr. PUGSLEY.

My hon. friend estimates a 10 per cent basis, I think that is considerably too high.

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George Eulas Foster

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. FOSTER.

I do not think so, from 30 years experience. It will come to that.

Mr. BLAIN, How are sites of buildings of this kind selected in the province of Quebec?

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Edward Arthur Lancaster

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. LANCASTER.

In the province of Quebec are sites furnished by municipalities free to the government, or does the gov-ernmept pay for them?

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LIB

William Pugsley (Minister of Public Works)

Liberal

Mr. PUGSLEY.

I have not observed any difference in the custom in the province of Quebec from the custom in other provinces. Sometimes the sites are furnished. I can call to mind cases in which sites have been furnished by municipalities in Quebec as well as in other provinces.

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LIB

William Pugsley (Minister of Public Works)

Liberal

Mr. PUGSLEY.

The rule is that the department purchases the sites in all the provinces of Canada.

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Edward Arthur Lancaster

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. LANCASTER.

In St. Catharines, two years ago, the government insisted on the city paying $6,500 for the land before they would erect a public building. That is in Ontario.

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November 30, 1909