April 11, 1939


Hon. J. G. GARDINER (Minister of Agriculture) moved that the house go into committee at the next sitting to consider the following proposed resolution: That it is expedient to introduce an act to provide a new measure of supervision oyer stockyards and stockyard operations; and with respect to the grading, inspection and branding or marketing of live stock and live stock products; also to give legislative authority for the continued enforcement of the government program respecting the conditions under which live poultry may be produced and sold in Canada. The bill also makes provision for the appointment of officers necessary for the proper carrying out of the provisions thereof. He said; His Excellency the Governor General, having been made acquainted with the subject matter of this resolution, recommends it to the favourable consideration of the house. Motion agreed to.


TORONTO POST OFFICE BUILDING

REPORTED DECISION NOT TO COMPLETE CONSTRUCTION THIS YEAR


On the orders of the day:


CON

David Spence

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. DAVID SPENCE (Parkdale):

Mr. Speaker, I have a question I wish to ask the Prime Minister (Mr. Mackenzie King) or any other competent minister-and we have many of them. The Minister of Public Works (Mr. Cardin) to-day, as usual, is not in his seat. He has been away for a considerable time.

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Some hon. MEMBERS:

Order.

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CON

David Spence

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. SPENCE:

I hope he is enjoying it.

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Walter Edward Foster (Speaker of the Senate)

Liberal

Mr. SPEAKER:

I do not think the hon. member is fair in his reference to the Minister of Public Works.

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David Spence

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. SPENCE:

I apologize, if I have said anything to hurt the hon. member's feelings. I am speaking in the interest of the city of Toronto, part of which I represent. Last year we put through a vote in the house for $150,000 to start the building of the terminal post office. Since that time the secretary of the Department of Public Works has sent out an order asking the contractors to return their specifications. That must mean something. I see no revote of $150,000, nor do I see an item in the estimates of the department to

carry on the work. The city of Toronto has depended on the building going up, because in preparing its estimates it figured that this building would take care of a number on relief.

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An hon. MEMBER:

What is the question?

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Walter Edward Foster (Speaker of the Senate)

Liberal

Mr. SPEAKER:

I believe this is a question which might go on the order paper.

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CON

David Spence

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. SPENCE:

I cannot ask the question until I am permitted to explain it. I know a lot of people have been doing it the same way as I am doing it.

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Walter Edward Foster (Speaker of the Senate)

Liberal

Mr. SPEAKER:

The hon. member will state his question. It would appear that it is one which does not come properly on the orders of the day, but might better be put when the estimates for the Department of Public Works are before the committee and the minister will be here to reply.

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CON

David Spence

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. SPENCE:

I wish to know if the government has abandoned altogether the idea of erecting this building. '

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Ernest Lapointe (Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada)

Liberal

Mr. LAPOINTE (Quebec East):

The question has been asked.

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Louis Édouard Fernand Rinfret (Secretary of State of Canada)

Liberal

Hon. FERNAND RINFRET (Secretary of State):

As Acting Minister of Public Works I can assure my hon. friend that the matter is still under consideration, and the project has not been abandoned. I expect my colleague to be here to-morrow, and possibly he can give a fuller reply.

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CON

David Spence

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. SPENCE:

That is what you said over a week ago.

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Louis Édouard Fernand Rinfret (Secretary of State of Canada)

Liberal

Mr. RINFRET:

The question was put only the day before the adjournment for the Easter recess.

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Harry Gladstone Clarke

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. H. G. CLARKE (Rosedale):

Mr. Speaker, the hon. member for Parkdale (Mr. Spence) has put fairly well the question I was going to ask. However, I should like to go a little farther and ask this: As there is no revote, will a further supplementary estimate be brought down to cover this matter?

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Walter Edward Foster (Speaker of the Senate)

Liberal

Mr. SPEAKER:

That is not a proper question to put on the orders of the day. It involves a question of policy which should be decided by the minister or Iby the government.

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April 11, 1939