April 10, 1923 (14th Parliament, 2nd Session)

CON

John Babington Macaulay Baxter

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. BAXTER:

What is the matter with taking a recess, getting the architects and the chief of the Printing bureau and all the other necessary persons together, and coming back
next session with a definite knowledge of what is the matter with the old building? The doubts of the Minister of Labour will be relieved by that time, and he can find out whether there is really a peril or not. We can have a plan made for a building, and know exactly what its floor space, height and cost will be, as accurately as any of these estimates can be made, and then parliament will be furnished with the information it should be asked to pass upon. I do not see there will be very much economy in time by putting the estimate through now, as all these things will have to be done, or I presume they will be done, before the government enters upon the construction of the building. It is only a question whether we will pass the estimate after the government has the information or before. I think perhaps the Minister of Public Works (Mr. King) might enlighten me a little more as to what they are going to do with the old building? Are they going to put the old Bureau in the Senate?
Amendment (Mr. Beland) agreed to.

Topic:   SUPPLY-DISMISSAL OF JOHN J. HAYES FROM POSTAL SERVICE
Subtopic:   PUBLIC WORKS-OTTAWA PARLIAMENT BUILDINGS
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