My hon. friend suggests that the senators' offices might be moved to the printing bureau. To say the least, space might be found in the east block for members of the other place; they would be somewhat closer to the Chateau Laurier. But speaking seriously, this is a matter that does require consideration.
I could make a case for the greater space needed for members on the opposition side of the house. Were I to do so, it might be regarded as a case of self-interest. May I add however that it seems to me to be unfair and poor business when so many parliamentary assistants, who have certain extra duties as a result of their appointments, find themselves crowded in the matter of office space.
I urge the government to give consideration to this matter, particularly because of the way in which the problem will be aggravated when these new members come from the province of Newfoundland. I would ask the government to do the fair thing and to tell us, either from the floor of the house or informally, what ideas they have, and to indicate whether or not progress is being made toward implementing those ideas.
If the government wishes to have my suggestion, then I have already made it, namely, that space be found in the east block for the offices of a number of senators, including those we now have and the new ones who may be appointed within the- next few months, and that members of the House of Commons be permitted to move into some of the offices thus vacated. As a matter of fact, in the light of the number of vacancies in the other place at this time, it seems to me only fair that this working section of parliament should be entitled to some of the vacant space on the other side of the building.
Subtopic: APPROVAL OF TERMS OF UNION WITH CANADA