I am not suggesting the hon. member for Portneuf did. I am only pointing out that the amount is not one which bears very much relationship to the over-all problem. The Department of Education for the province of Ontario is spending approximately $50 million a year on education so that, while $74,000 is an important amount of money, it
is a comparatively small amount in relation to the total sum which is being spent by that province. The grants, which are on a basis proportionate to the other provinces, would bear a corresponding relationship to the general problem of education.
I mention that, not because I have any thought that the hon. member for Portneuf attempted in any way to misinterpret the situation, but because on certain occasions elsewhere there have been attempts to magnify this subject. Attempts have been made to create the impression that certain facilities were being denied because of the lack of co-operation. I say that not one single thing that could be done about physical education or community centres was withheld because that $74,000 was not available. The only reason that particular amount was not received at that time was that there were strings attached to it which would have given an indirect measure of control over certain matters that were the responsibility of the provincial Department of Education. I am very pleased to say that the restriction was removed, and because it was removed that amount is now being received.
May I also point out that the cost of education has mounted enormously during the past few years. Speaking from my personal experience in connection with education, and just to indicate the extent to which those costs have been increased, I should like to recall that, in the case of Ontario for example, the year before I assumed the office of minister of education the total contributed to school boards from the provincial treasury was $7,830,000. The amount now contributed is in excess of $35 million a year. This illustrates the growth of the expenditure on education within a comparatively few years.
Subtopic: EQUALIZING OF OPPORTUNITY
Sub-subtopic: ASSISTANCE TO PROVINCES