Right Hon. J. G. Diefenbaker (Prime Minister):
Mr. Speaker, there are two announcements I should like to make in connection with preparations for the observance of the one hundredth anniversary of confederation. The first has to do with the Canadian centenary council, which is holding its annual meeting today and tomorrow. It has associated with it some 160 national associations, either directly or by way of affiliation. The council was established to stimulate interest and participation on the part of the general public in the preparations for the observance of the centennial of confederation.
I wish now to inform the house that, subject to the approval by parliament of the moneys involved, the government will make a grant under the National Centennial Act in the amount of $25,000 early in the fiscal year 1962-63 to assist the Canadian centenary council in its activities. Active participation by citizens everywhere in the country is essential if Canadians are to make the centennial one of the truly significant events in their history.
Second, subject also to the approval by parliament of the funds involved, an order in council will be passed early in the next fiscal year to provide an interim grant of $250,000 to the organization known as the fathers of confederation memorial citizens foundation to enable architectural work to be done in connection with the memorial buildings to be erected in Charlottetown by the foundation to commemorate the conference there in 1864. In addition there will be a grant, inclusive of the above interim grant, in the amount of one half the construction costs of the buildings in question, but not exceeding a total grant of $2.8 million.
It will be a condition of the main grant that the foundation shall not award a contract for the construction of the buildings until it has satisfied the appropriate officers of the federal
government that the foundation possesses sufficient funds, including the grant, to cover the full cost of construction of the buildings in question.
Subtopic: ANNOUNCEMENT OF GRANTS TO NATIONAL COUNCIL AND P.E.I. MEMORIAL FOUNDATION