(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.
(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? .
(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. .
(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.