Hon. J. L. ILSLEY (Minister of Finance):
I know of no plan whieh has been worked out in Toronto. However, a plan has been worked out in Montreal by a group of public spirited citizens there. If a similar group in Winnipeg will do the same thing and make such suggestions as they see fit to the Department of Finance, they would of course be considered. I want to say that it is hard to answer yes or no to the question asked by the hon. gentleman because the Montreal plan is adapted to conditions in Montreal and it might be very misleading if I were to say that if exactly the same plan were suggested for Winnipeg the reaction of the Department of Finance would be favourable. Certainly a plan following the general principle of the Montreal plan would receive consideration, I would hope favourable consideration, but it would depend upon the particulars of the plan itself.
Winnipeg Packing Plants
With regard to the particulars of the plan, I may say that I received the telegram from the city clerk of Winnipeg referred to by the hon. gentleman. I have prepared a somewhat long letter which I propose to send which gives or directs him to all the necessary information about the Montreal plan.
Subtopic: QUESTION AS TO PLAN FOR CONSTRUCTION OF LOW RENT DWELLINGS IN WINNIPEG