May 31, 1939

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George Halsey Perley

Mr. PERLEY:

The minister will recall that in the supplementary estimates last year there was a vote for the purchase of a building at Sintaluta for postal purposes. When I inquired last year I was told that the department was negotiating for the building, and it would likely go through. I understand the purchase has not been completed, and I should like to know the reason for the delay.

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LIB

Pierre-Joseph-Arthur Cardin (Minister of Public Works)

Liberal

Mr. CARDIN:

The Post Office Department investigated the matter and informed us that the building was not suitable for their purposes.

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George Halsey Perley

Mr. PERLEY:

There are no negotiations under way for the purchase of that building?

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LIB
CCF

Abraham Albert Heaps

Co-operative Commonwealth Federation (C.C.F.)

Mr. HEAPS:

In the case of these post office buildings did requests come originally from the Post Office Department for their erection ?

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LIB

Pierre-Joseph-Arthur Cardin (Minister of Public Works)

Liberal

Mr. CARDIN:

I do not want to deceive anyone, so I must say that requests do not come in all instances from the Post Office Department, but in practically all instances we have a recommendation from the Post Office Department as to the necessity of erecting a postal building.

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CCF

Abraham Albert Heaps

Co-operative Commonwealth Federation (C.C.F.)

Mr. HEAPS:

Were any of the buildings covered by any of the votes erected without the approval of the Post Office Department?

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LIB

Pierre-Joseph-Arthur Cardin (Minister of Public Works)

Liberal

Mr. CARDIN:

No. There are certain instances where we have no requests from the Post Office Department, but they always say

that they will be very glad to have the building. I would say that in ninety per cent and probably ninety-five per cent of the cases there is a recommendation from the Post Office Department as to the need of erecting such a building.

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LIB

Donald Alexander McNiven

Liberal

Mr. McNIVEN:

In what public building in Regina is an elevator to be installed?

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LIB

Pierre-Joseph-Arthur Cardin (Minister of Public Works)

Liberal

Mr. CARDIN:

In what is known as the old public building.

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LIB
LIB

Item agreed to. Chief architect's branch. Construction, repairs and improvements of public buildings. 536. British Columbia. Alberni-public building, $18,000. Armstrong-public building (revote $15,000), $23,500. Dawson Creek-public building, $25,000. Merritt-public building, $15,000. Nelson public building-addition, $15,500. New Westminster public building-addition (revote), $170,000. Powell River - public building (revote), $8,500. Prince George - public building (revote $22,500), $35,000. Vancouver winch building-alterations and repairs, $22,000. Vancouver immigration building-repairs and improvements, $8,500. V ancouver examining warehouse-improvements, $19,000. Victoria-public building (estimated cost $350,000), $100,000. William Head quarantine station-alterations and repairs to residences, $6,500.


CON

Harry James Barber

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. BARBER:

It would facilitate matters if the minister would give the particulars of each of the items in this vote.

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LIB

Pierre-Joseph-Arthur Cardin (Minister of Public Works)

Liberal

Mr. CARDIN:

The buildings at Alberni and Armstrong are for postal purposes.

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CON

Harry James Barber

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. BARBER:

What is the total cost of the Armstrong building?

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LIB

Pierre-Joseph-Arthur Cardin (Minister of Public Works)

Liberal

Mr. CARDIN:

It is $23,500. The building at Dawson Creek is to accommodate the postal and telegraph services. The building at Merritt is for postal purposes. The addition to the public building at Nelson is for post office services. An addition is to be built to the public building at New Westminster to provide accommodation in that city for government services.

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CON

Harry James Barber

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. BARBER:

What is the total expenditure in connection with that?

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LIB

Pierre-Joseph-Arthur Cardin (Minister of Public Works)

Liberal

Mr. CARDIN:

The total expenditure is $170,000. The building at Powell River is for

Supply-Public Works-Harbours and Rivers

postal purposes and customs and telegraph services. The building at Prince George is for postal and customs services. There are two or three items covering alterations and repairs. The building at Victoria is for all services.

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CON

Harry James Barber

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. BARBER:

Is that the public building which was under construction some years ago?

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May 31, 1939