The hon. gentleman
may not understand the situation, but in the province from which I come we have had experience in matters somewhat akin to this. We have seen the public road's being eaten away by the action of the tide along certain portions of Nova Scotia, but the people here, whichever government was in power, absolutely refused to give us any money to protect the roads along the harbours in Nova Scotia. They said, "That is a local matter; if it is affecting a town or city, it is a matter the town or city must look after; it is a municipal affair, and you will not get Dominion money for it." If it was outside of a town, the provincial government would have to look after it. as they held it was a provincial matter.
I am simply drawing the attention of the minister to this. If, by any false understanding of the position of the Department of Public Works, or by false kindness or by excessive zeal, the predecessor of the present minister in the kindness of his heart, and in return for favour lavished upon hitn fbom a political standpoint by the city of Toronto, has undertaken to point the walls of the different houses, put sewer pipes under the houses, and generally look after them all round-put them to bed
and cuddle the clothes around them-I think he has gone too far, and that the present minister, particularly in war time, has enough to look after to protect the harbour because it is public property and supposed to be, and is no doubt, for the general benefit of the Government at large. But when it comes to fixing sidewalks, putting foundations under houses, and seeing that they have a proper system of sewage, I draw the line and protest against the moneys of Canada being used in that way for Toronto or any other city.