The hon. member for Qu'-Appelle has asked: Since the money was
unwisely invested anyway, what harm is there if you wipe it out altogether; in other words, if money is paying 5 per cent, why not wipe out the 5 per cent; it does not make much difference to the people. Perhaps it does not, but it makes the difference of 5 per cent. When I spoke of fifty cents on the dollar, the building had been paying nothing. Later it paid 2i per cent and recently it has been
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paying 5 per cent. It is not 'being used entirely for the Board of Grain Commissioners. It is a very large building and there are stores downstairs.
As regards the wisdom of doing this, the legislation was passed. As pointed out in this letter of Sir George Foster, it was intended to put it into shape as a sample market, and many people in the west still think there should have been sample markets. The farmers at that time asked for this. Is there any small city in the west that, if approached 'by even this Dominion government and asked to erect a building which they say they will use for offices, would refuse the same opportunity if they could raise the money? I doubt if any would, so that there was no lack of wisdom on the part of the people, except perhaps in believing that this government would carry out an agreement made by previous ones.