The minister, I am sure, will forgive me if I presume on his good nature which is so proverbial in this House. I should like him to give me a little assistance. What is the recipe that is necessary for getting public buildings and other public works? The method has always been a mystery to me. I may say that I have not tried very often. I have made some very modest requests never exceeding a few hundred dollars, but apparently there is a means utterly unknown to me, because invariably I have been unsuccessful and always on the ground that, although the work was very necessary, the financial condition of the country would not permit.
success myself and I have been here much longer than my hon. friend has. I have a little more experience. If he will co-operate with me more closely in the next session of parliament, I will give him whatever assistance I can.
been pushing the claims of our constituencies as hard as we should have done. Now that the government has entered upon a policy of constructing these public buildings, I can call to mind many places where, I think, we could have a nice public building which we could use very conveniently. We have been putting up with post offices in very unsatisfactory
buildings because we did not like to make demands upon the government for accommodation in these hard times. But now we see these small places, as an hon. member says, such as Stouffeville and Wiarton, getting these buildings, we shall have to begin to make more applications for them, and I warn the minister that applications will be forthcoming.
Wiarton is an incorporated town in Bruce county, Ontario, at 'the head of Col-poy's bay, an inlet with fine harbour of Georgian bay and a terminal station on the Grand Trunk railways, ten miles from Park Head Junction, and twenty miles from Owen Sound. It has five churches of the various denominations, forty-two Stores, five hotels, one woollen, one grist, one shingle and four large lumber mills, one government fish hatchery, three furniture and one beet sugar, one cider, one cement and two wood planing factories, two chartered banks, two newspaper offices, besides telephone, telegram and express office.