May 3, 1910 (11th Parliament, 2nd Session)

LIB

William Stevens Fielding (Minister of Finance and Receiver General)

Liberal

Mr. FIELDING.

I believe that thought was expressed years ago in the days of Sir John Macdonald, but I am told that Sir John expressed the opinion that it w'as not the business of the government to traffic in real estate, that if they wanted real estate for public purposes, they ought to buy it at the current rates. Perhaps that is too broad a statement, but we certainly do not want to buy a lot of property and have it lying idle.

Topic:   WAYS AND MEANS-TRADE RELATIONS WITH THE UNITED STATES.
Subtopic:   OTTAWA IMPROVEMENT COMMISSION.
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