I understand that the minister has at last confessed that he is not putting up these public buildings in these little places in the interests of the public, because the last reason he gave my hon. friend from Leeds (Mr. Taylor) was that a former government had erected public buildings in similar small places in New Brunswick, and I take it that if he had any better reasons for erecting them in these little places now he would have given them to us. It is really charming to listen to the fascinating manner in which the minister explains each appropriation by itself. The request now is for money to put up a public building in a little village in Quebec of 800 inhabitants. He lays great stress upon the fact that it is a shire town, and he says in his most fascinating manner that where a number of leading gentlemen from a constituencv come to him and represent to him that there is no public building in the constituency, and that the town is a shire town, it really appeals very strongly to him, and it is almost impossible for him to resist the request. Then the member for Halton (Mr. Henderson) tells us he represents a shire town in Halton, that he has been representing it for a great many years, that for a great many years he has been endeavouring to induce the Minister of Public Works to erect a public building in that town of 1,800 inhabitants, a town which meets all the conditions which the minister says ought to appeal to him very strongly. There is no other public building in the county, it is a shire town, it is surrounded by a prosperous district, it furnishes a large revenue, it possesses all the qualifications for a public building except the essential one of being represented by a Liberal member in this House.
Subtopic: BUILDING PUBLIC WORKS.