June 1, 1939

CCF

Abraham Albert Heaps

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

Mr. HEAPS:

Are these lines connected with any main telephone services in these areas?

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LIB
CCF

Abraham Albert Heaps

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

Mr. HEAPS:

Why could the officials of the Department of Public Works and the Department of Transport not get together with a view to coordinating this work? Perhaps in the long run more efficient service could be given the public at large in that way than foy having two departments doing the same kind of work.

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LIB

Item agreed to. Generally. 565. To authorize, subject to approval of governor in council, appointments of such extra temporary officers, clerks and employees as may be necessary to carry out the purposes of any item in these supplementary estimates for this department, payment therefor to be made from the particular item with respect to which such extra assistance is required, or from this item, $100,000.


CON

Hugh Alexander Stewart

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. STEWART:

How does this amount compare with the vote for last year?

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LIB

Item agreed to. 636. Departmental administration - further amount required to provide for the clerk of estimates at $4,920, $780.


SC

René-Antoine Pelletier

Social Credit

Mr. PELLETIER:

I have before me a copy of the main estimates; then I have supplementary estimates, further supplementary estimates and special supplementary estimates, in each of which there are estimates of the Department of Public Works. Yesterday one of the members from Toronto made an analysis of the expenditures province by province, and we find the lowest expenditure of all in Alberta. Certainly in point of population Alberta is not the smallest province in Canada, and undoubtedly its needs are as urgent as those of any other province. Why is Alberta receiving less assistance from the dominion government than any other province, with the possible exception of Prince Edward Island, which of course is very much smaller?

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CON

John Ritchie MacNicol

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. MacNICOL:

Alberta gets less than Prince Edward Island.

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SC

René-Antoine Pelletier

Social Credit

Mr. PELLETIER:

When the minister was asked this question last year he said the reason was that he had received no requests from Alberta. Well, I feel sure large numbers of requests have been received from that province this year. Possibly the minister

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meant that such requests could not be favourably considered, which would be something entirely different. It seems to me that a great deal more consideration should be given that province, in view of the needs that exist. Perhaps the minister would make a statement as to why this has not been done.

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LIB

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

Liberal

Mr. CARDIN:

The number of requests made to the department by persons interested in Alberta is not as great as my hon. friend seems to think. I think I am safe in saying that most of the requests that have come to us have been given favourable consideration. There is a very good reason why you do not find Alberta in the list of expenditures as frequently as you find Ontario and Quebec, for example, or Nova Scotia and New Brunswick. Most of the expenditures -made in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Quebec and Ontario are due to the extensive coast lines of these provinces and their numerous harbours, a situation which does not apply in Alberta. That is one explanation, and in addition the population is a factor in appreciating the circumstances of the case. Where the population is larger, as in Ontario and Quebec, there are more requests for public buildings than from a province where the population is smaller. I must say that as far as I can judge no injustice has been done to Alberta, and every request will be considered with the very best of intentions.

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SC

René-Antoine Pelletier

Social Credit

Mr. PELLETIER:

I am very glad the

minister has made this statement, and of course I recognize the force of his argument that the coast lines of Nova Scotia, Quebec and Ontario necessitate a much greater expenditure in those provinces. But I am compelled to suggest that I am not aware of any new inland sea in Saskatchewan which would require any great expenditure in that province. However, I should like to assure the minister that it is not because of any lack of requests from Alberta that the expenditures in that province are down. Last year, for example, a certain amount of dredging was undertaken at Waterways on the Athabaska river, and, if my understanding is correct, the funds for that work were provided by the Department of Mines and Resources. The result was that there had to be taken away from Alberta about $50,000 which otherwise would have been contributed to assist that particular province. I do not believe any other province is receiving this kind of treatment, and that is why I bring the matter to the attention of the minister.

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Item agreed to. Chief architect's branch. Construction, repairs and improvements of public buildings. 639. Quebec. Montreal postal terminal; additions (estimated cost, $688,900), $500,000.


CON
LIB

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

Liberal

Mr. CARDIN:

It is to provide an extension to the Montreal postal terminal.

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CON
LIB

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

Liberal

Mr. CARDIN:

One along St. James street and the other along St. Antoine street. When the project was first initiated it provided for two extensions being built in the future. One of those is along St. James street, just in front of Bo-naventure station.

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LIB

June 1, 1939