May 27, 1935 (17th Parliament, 6th Session)

LIB

Charles A. Stewart

Liberal

Mr. STEWART (Edmonton):

First I should like to say to the minister that, as I pointed out on a former occasion, I see no reason
why these expenditures should not have been included in the estimates. We do not have the same opportunity to discuss an expenditure under a relief measure as we would have to discuss a like expenditure appearing in the estimates of a department. In the present year the minister's department is asking for $1,678,000, representing an increase of $54,000 over the amount voted last year. There would be no objection to that, but we find that under the guise of relief the department is asking for a further sum of $1,500,000 all of which, with one or two exceptions, is to be spent for purposes identical with those mentioned in the general estimates.
I shall ask certain questions, and as I proceed the minister may answer them. I would understand that this work will be done under the supervision of officials of the Department of the Interior, and that regular rates of wages will be paid. That is my understanding. So far as I have knowledge of the situation there are no twenty-cents-a-day men in the parks. The work will be carried on under the supervision of the superintendent of highway construction in the parks, and regular rates of wages will be paid.
Then, I note a further provision for the construction of air harbours, landing fields and sewer system. I should like the minister to inform the committee where these improvements are to take place, or in what particular parks the work is to be done. At this point I shall wait for an answer, because there are one or two further questions I should like to ask.

Topic:   PUBLIC WORKS PROGRAM
Subtopic:   WORKS, 'UNDERTAKINGS AND GUARANTEE OP RAILWAY EQUIPMENT SECURITIES TO CREATE EMPLOYMENT
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