There is a great deal of
force in what the hon. member for Kingston has said. For years the government of this country has been over-staffed in regard to the survey and engineering forces. There has been talk from time to time of consolidations, but the consolidations have never yet taken place. In Washington they have consolidated this work, and have effected an enormous saving in consequence. In Washington the Department of the Secretary of State for War has charge of the whole survey staff of the government, and the whole engineering staff for construction purposes. That department carries on all government construction and all government survey work in the United States. Here we have engineering staffs and survey staffs in many departments. In the Interior department we have a very large surveys branch; in the Public Works department we have a very large engineering staff. I omit the Department of Railways and Canals because I think it is essential that they should have a staff of their own. But there are
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other departments which have engineering and survey branches, and I do not see why they should not be consolidated in a single department. I am satisfied, and everyone who has looked into the matter is satisfied, that there is overlapping in regard to this work, and I think the government would be entitled to the thanks of the country if they were to start to consolidate the staffs of the engineering and survey branches in the various departments.