February 1, 1912

CON
LIB

William Chisholm

Liberal

Mr. CHISHOLM (Antigonish).

Or do you send out to agents who are in the business of selling creosoted timber?

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CON

Frederick Debartzch Monk (Minister of Public Works)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. MONK.

That is the way it has been done in the past. If this can be improved, I will try to improve it.

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LIB

William Chisholm

Liberal

Mr. CHISHOLM (Antigonish).

Then am I right in assuming that tenders will be invited from all who are in the business?

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CON
LIB

William Pugsley

Liberal

Mr. PUGSLEY.

I would ask whether there has been $30,000 already expended, and is this an additional item, or is it a

revote?

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Frederick Debartzch Monk (Minister of Public Works)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. MONK.

It is intended to expend $30,000. The total cost will be about $60,000.

Rivifere-s des Prairies-Improvements of navigation, $25,000.

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LIB

William Pugsley

Liberal

Mr. PUGSLEY.

Is that to carry out the work which was inaugurated on the recommendation of my hon. friend the member for Laval (Mr. Wilson)?

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Frederick Debartzch Monk (Minister of Public Works)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. MONK.

I had already asked that these works be carried out. The hon. member for Laval came in, and in a short time he seemed to be more potent in the House than I was.

Three Rivers harbour-Completion of deep water wharf at west end of harbour, $118,-

000.

(Mr. MONK. I move to add the words ' and for other improvements '.

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LIB

William Pugsley

Liberal

Mr. PUGSLEY.

The hon. .member for Three Rivers is not here. I wished to ask him if it was intended to carry on these works according to the plan which was prepared when I was minister.

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CON

Frederick Debartzch Monk (Minister of Public Works)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. MONK.

Yes. Most of these works are begun, there will be no change.

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LIB

David Arthur Lafortune

Liberal

Mr. D. A. LAFORTUNE (Montcalm).

(Translation.) Before these items for the province of Quebec are all passed, I wish to ask the hon. Minister of Public Works the reason why we do not find in the estimates the amount of $15,000 already voted for the construction of a post office in St. Jacques de l'Achigan, in the county of Montcalm. I have asked for this vote after the property had been purchased, when Mr. Justice Dugas was the member for Montcalm. The site having been purchased, I got this vote for the construction of a post office. When I came in this House in 1909, that amount was put in the estimates, but was not expended because it was too late to begin the works, and as the Department of Public Works did not wish to have the works performed during the winter, I was given the assurance that they would be started in the spring. At the next session I asked once more for that vote of $15,000, which was again granted.

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Pierre Édouard Blondin (Deputy Speaker and Chair of Committees of the Whole of the House of Commons)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. DEPUTY SPEAKER.

(Translation.) As the item under consideration has no relation whatever to this question, I would ask the hon. member to comply with the rule I have mentioned a few minutes ago.

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David Arthur Lafortune

Liberal

Mr. LAFORTUNTE.

(Translation.) I am simply asking the hon. minister what has become of this vote of $15,000. It has been answered to a question asked by myself that the plans had been submitted for examination, and that there had been delays due to some complications in connection with the limits of the property. I would like to know from the minister if it is his intention to have that post office erected this year? .

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Frederick Debartzch Monk (Minister of Public Works)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. MONK.

(Translation.) I may answer the hon. member that it is not the intention of the department to erect that building this year; otherwise we would have asked a vote for that purpose. I do not know whether there was such an item in last year's estimates or not; if there was, the hon. member should have availed himself of it. .

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David Arthur Lafortune

Liberal

Mr. LAFORTUNE.

(Translation.) I can tell the hon. minister the reason why the item was of no avail after being voted; it is because the estimates were blocked through obstructive discussions by the then members of the opposition.

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Frederick Debartzch Monk (Minister of Public Works)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. MONK.

(Translation.) Why did not you make use of it?

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David Arthur Lafortune

Liberal

Mr. LAFORTUNE.

(Translation.) Am 1 to understand that this item of $15,000 for that construction will be put in the supplementary estimates?

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Frederick Debartzch Monk (Minister of Public Works)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. MONK.

(Translation.) For the present we are net asking the committee

to vote that item. As regards the supplementary estimates, they are being prespared and I cannot now say anything about them.

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LIB

David Arthur Lafortune

Liberal

Mr. LAFORTUNE.

(Translation.) 1 can assure the hon. minister that this post office is absolutely needed.

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February 1, 1912