We had better change it right here, because if parliament does not control these things the people have no effective representation.
Orillia is a town with a population close to
20,000 and the population of Midland is around 15,000. The minister says that centralization is necessary. I talked to him about this. He and I are on friendly terms and we discussed the matter. When I was through I still thought he was stubborn. Perhaps he would like me to use a more polite word and say he was firm. He said that centralization was necessary in the interests of economy and efficiency, that the computer age was here. When we look at the record of this government in the field of expenditure, most of us would doubt the wisdom and economy of what has been done. It is strange to note that out of 41 offices closed, two were in the Simcoe area.
Subtopic: MEASURE TO BROADEN COVERAGE