March 20, 1924

CON

Arthur Meighen (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. MEIGHEN:

I do not want to be understood as agreeing to going #into supply to-morrow on the estimates of the Public Works department, because it would mean we could not make any motion at any future time with respect to that department.

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LIB

James Alexander Robb (Minister of Immigration and Colonization)

Liberal

Mr. ROBB:

With that understanding I move that the House resolve itself into Committee of Supply.

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Motion agreed to, and House went into Committee of Supply, Mr. Gordon in the chair.


PUBLIC WORKS


Public Works-Ottawa Parliament Building, $600,000; Ottawa, Addition to Dominion Archives Building, $275000; London,^ England, Canadian office, $1,300,000.


LIB

James Horace King (Minister of Public Works)

Liberal

Hon. J. H. KING (Minister of Public Works):

Supply-Public Works

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CON

Henry Lumley Drayton

Conservative (1867-1942)

Sir HENRY DRAYTON:

Can the minister tell us the ground area of this property?

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LIB

William Lyon Mackenzie King (Prime Minister; President of the Privy Council; Secretary of State for External Affairs)

Liberal

Mr. KING (Kootenay):

Yes, 25,000 square feet.

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CON
LIB

William Lyon Mackenzie King (Prime Minister; President of the Privy Council; Secretary of State for External Affairs)

Liberal

Mr. KING (Kootenay):

I do not know

that I have the ground area here.

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CON

Henry Lumley Drayton

Conservative (1867-1942)

Sir HENRY DRAYTON:

Without it the comparisons you are giving are meaningless.

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LIB

William Lyon Mackenzie King (Prime Minister; President of the Privy Council; Secretary of State for External Affairs)

Liberal

Mr. KING (Kootenay):

I do not believe I have the information in front of me. I will give it to the House tomorrow.

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CON

Henry Lumley Drayton

Conservative (1867-1942)

Sir HENRY DRAYTON:

Perhaps my hon. friend would bring down other information as well tomorrow, in that way we may save time. For example I think the House will want to know at the very inception of this matter what it is going to cost. Perhaps my hon. friend can tell us now what the cost is, and, what the annual cost to the country will be in owning these premises. Then, perhaps he will tell us what will be the cost per annum in interest and taxes of owning this place.

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LIB

William Lyon Mackenzie King (Prime Minister; President of the Privy Council; Secretary of State for External Affairs)

Liberal

Mr. KING (Kootenay):

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CON
LIB

William Lyon Mackenzie King (Prime Minister; President of the Privy Council; Secretary of State for External Affairs)

Liberal

Mr. KING (Kootenay):

A saving in rents will be niade in London by consolidating the offices in this building.

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CON

Henry Lumley Drayton

Conservative (1867-1942)

Sir HENRY DRAYTON:

I wonder if the minister will answer the question, and give us the information as to the annual interest in taxes on top of all this.

[Mr. J. H. King.J

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LIB

William Lyon Mackenzie King (Prime Minister; President of the Privy Council; Secretary of State for External Affairs)

Liberal

Mr. KING (Kootenay):

I have not figured it up. We will have that figured to-morrow and submit it to the hon. member.

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CON

Henry Lumley Drayton

Conservative (1867-1942)

Sir HENRY DRAYTON:

Can the minister give last year's taxes? Then we will get some intelligent information.

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LIB

William Lyon Mackenzie King (Prime Minister; President of the Privy Council; Secretary of State for External Affairs)

Liberal

Mr. KING (Kootenay):

I am simply giving the House an outline of the proposal now. Later on we will discuss the details. I will have the information available tomorrow as to the annual cost. I think perhaps I have it here, if I could only put my hand upon it. We are paying comparatively large rentals in London which we will save by taking over this building. Then we shall have the Canadian offices there centralized. The government deem it essential that Canada should have a proper building in the English capital, it being the seat of the Empire. The matter has been very carefully canvassed and I am satisfied that the price as suggested is one that is in the interest of Canada.

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March 20, 1924