This yard was the only one in Canada capable of handling pieces of steel of the required size. The problem of shipping this steel to British Columbia and assembling the pieces on the campus of the University of British Columbia was enormous. The federal contribution to this cyclotron is $23,300,000. This is one of the three meson factories now under construction in the world; the others are at the Swiss Institute for Nuclear Research near Zurich, and the Los Alamos Scientific Laboratory in New Mexico. Less powerful accelerators for somewhat similar purposes are being constructed at Columbia University in New York, at the European Centre for Nuclear Research at Geneva, and in the U.S.S.R.
When TRIUMF is completed and in operation, the experimental work there will combine scientists of many disciplines-physicists, chemists, biologists, therapists, metallurgists and others-in a common new research facility that will be unique in the world. It should also be stressed that TRIUMF will welcome research workers from all across Canada. Indeed, proposals for use of the facility have already been received from the provinces of Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec, Newfoundland as well as the neighbouring province of Alberta.
I wish also to refer, Sir, to some other projects of interest which are under construction or just recently completed on that campus. Through the agency of Central Mortgage and Housing during the years 1970 and 1971, loans have been made for the construction of new student residential towers in the amount of $12 million. To an increasing extent students are being housed on the campus. This is made possible through the resources of CMHC.
I refer, also, to a new and very interesting project in which I recently played a small part.
Subtopic: THE BUDGET
Sub-subtopic: FINANCIAL STATEMENT OF THE MINISTER OF FINANCE