the office has been moved from New Westminster to Vancouver. I think the minister owes it to the house to explain whether or not that is the case and, if not, to give the reasons for the removal.
There have been other examples of the government playing politics in New Westminster riding. Just this year the Postmaster General's department changed the name of a post office and sent a wire to the defeated Liberal candidate so he could announce that the name had been changed. That sort of thing has been going on in the riding, and it is no wonder that the people would pay some attention to the statement made by Senator Reid.
Would the minister bring us up to date with regard to the Marpole bridge over the north arm of the Fraser river? He will remember we discussed that matter at some length earlier in the session. So far as I know the present position is that the dominion government has $400,000 burning a hole in its pocket, but will not pay it over to the provincial government toward the cost of the bridge unless the provincial government will agree to build a bridge that will be free of tolls.
I need not repeat to the minister the arguments we have made in favour of the dominion contributing one-third of the cost of the bridge. They are of course largely based on the fact that the bridge is the only possible connection to the international airport. We would like to know what the stand of the dominion government is at the present time with regard to the bridge. There does not appear to be any item in either the regular or supplementary estimates to provide for any assistance in the construction. I think opinion on the coast was accurately summed up by the Vancouver Herald when it said in an editorial on April 21:
The onus for the toll is on the federal government. If or when the federal government comes through with its proportionate share of the cost, the toll will be reduced or removed altogether.
The people of that part of Canada have reason to approve the position taken in the editorial. In any event, we would like to know the position of the dominion government at the present time.
Finally, would the minister explain what the present policy is with regard to the use of public works to relieve unemployment? Until last year we thought his department had a filing cabinet full of plans for public works which were to be built as soon as we had unemployment. We found last year that the cupboard was bare and that there were no such plans on hand. But has the government
any method of helping to solve the unemployment situation through public works other than by perhaps timing some of the construction so it takes place at a time when employment on other projects across the country has slackened off? I believe the committee is entitled to know the present stand of the government on this question.