April 25, 1918 (13th Parliament, 1st Session)


Frank Broadstreet Carvell (Minister of Public Works)

Unionist (Liberal)


It is very hard to resist my hon. friend's pleading, but I could not make any promise. I want to remind him that this vote is not for construction purposes, it is purely for maintenance. This illustrates the statement I made sometime ago when I said that it is costing this country $766,000 to operate these telephones. Of course there is some revenue, I do not know exactly how much, but nothing like sufficient to meet operating expenses, let alone interest on the investment. However, I will take into consideration what the hon. gentleman states.
(Mr. McKENZIE: The expenditure involved is very slight, considering the accommodation it would afford to a deserving community.
Mr. CAiRVBLL: It would involve the expenditure of about $1,000, I think.

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