I should like to say a word or two about production in the penitentiaries. I believe it is fitting that the men who are taking care of this work should be remembered for the kind of work they are
doing. I was surprised to find how much war effort our penitentiaries made. I find in the report of the superintendent of penitentiaries, at page 21, these remarks, relating to St. Vincent de Paul penitentiary:
He has administered in a very satisfactory manner, keeping the machinery in good working condition, having in mind the production end and the training of convicts. The total production for the year amounts to $117,113.76, which is an increase of over $21,000 when compared with the previous year. There is a large increase, ($11,000), in the canvas working department, and over $9,000 in the tailor shop. Customers' work amounts to $84,654.65, and institution, $32,207.76. The blacksmiths', carpenters', shoe shop, shop M (camouflage nets) have been kept very busy with war contracts.
As I was saying before we discontinued our discussion at the dinner recess, the minister ought to have credit given him for the good things which are being done under his administration. I like to give a person credit where credit is due. It is one thing to criticize all the time and find fault. I am not so sure that that method always obtains the best results. I should like to commend the minister for this work which was done in the penitentiaries.
I notice in connection with Dorchester penitentiary, as recorded on page 22, that the following articles were manufactured for the armed services-which matter completely surprised me: twenty map cases, 2,000 paint kettles, 4,858 white cotton sheets, 8,000 soap bags, 46 filing cabinets, 2,000 pairs felt mitts. There were repaired: 813 ammunition boxes, 200 army jackets, 175 pairs army pants, 1,451 pieces R.C.A.F. furniture, 234 bed springs repaired, 4,169 pairs army shoes. Then, articles manufactured, repaired, et cetera, for other government departments, including penitentiaries branch: St. Vincent de Paul penitentiary, 2,691 pairs army pants dyed, 1.0*00 army blouses dyed. Department of Mines and Resources, 75 army blouses dyed, 75 pairs army pants dyed, 51 army greatcoats dyed, 2,331 pairs army shoes repaired. Post Office Department: 15,260 mail bags made, 41,294 mail bags repaired.
I would suggest to hon. members who may be interested in the matter and may wish to pursue this study somewhat further that they might read about the production in the Manitoba penitentiary, on page 27; in the British Columbia penitentiary, on page 29; in the Saskatchewan penitentiary, on page 30; in the Collins Bay penitentiary, on page 33. Then, if the committee will allow me, I will read on page 40 a statement which I think it is well to have on the record, after the war:
The 1,106 convicts employed in manufacturing produced articles valued at $429,650.26. an unprecedented figure. The production of the 1,041
convicts employed in building trades and productive service divisions, including farms, steam plants and bakeries, amounted to approximately $559,865.94.
What I am wondering about is the matter I raised just before the dinner recess. I wonder how the minister will manage to dispose of such production as this, now that there is no longer a war. The minister is engaged in conversation with the hon. member for Muskoka-Ontario. I am sure the latter gentleman is an engaging conversationalist, but-