May 2, 1911 (11th Parliament, 3rd Session)

LIB

William Pugsley (Minister of Public Works)

Liberal

Mr. PUGSLEY.

It is all very well to say that the by-laws shall be confirmed, but, suppose the commission did not choose to make any by-laws in reference to the development of this Crown property; the Crown could not develop its property at all without getting the consent of the Harbour Commissioners. I do not suggest for a moment that that section was framed with the view of preventing development, but I happen to know that the commissioners would like to get hold of the Crown property, and, although I do not suggest that they would desire to do so, if they could prevent the Crown from developing this property either by leasing it, or making other disposition of it, as we might think in the public interest, it certainly would deteriorate very much the value of the property. My hon. friend the Minister of Marine and Fisheries is not here, and certainly I would think that before this clause should pass he should have an opportunity of expressing his views upon it. This land I speak of was developed, not by the Department of Marine and Fisheries, but by the department over which I preside, and I would hesitate very much indeed, before I would give to the commissioners the power to control our development of that property. Perhaps this clause might stand and we can go on with the others.

Topic:   WAYS AND MEANS-THE FARMERS' BANK.
Subtopic:   TORONTO HARBOUR COMMISSION.
Full View