May 7, 1929 (16th Parliament, 3rd Session)


George Halsey Perley

Conservative (1867-1942)

Sir GEORGE PERLEY (Argenteuil):

May I ask the Prime Minister if anything has been done in the way of providing a building for the housing and caring of our war memorials? The matter was up last session. As I explained at the time, Canada has a wonderful collection of war memorials, in fact I think a collection larger and more important than that possessed by any other country. The Prime Minister then said:
Up to the present time we have felt that there were other demands more imperative than the demand for a building for the purpose of housing these works of art. I think, however, we must not lose sight of the fact that the collection is a national possession, a very valuable possession, and one which as speedily as possible should be properly housed.

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I must say, Mr. Speaker, that I have been much disappointed to find no provision in the estimates for a building for this purpose. The government seems to be able to spend a lot of money for other buildings in Ottawa. It strikes me that a building to house our war memorials is more necessary than some other buildings for which provision is being made. I wish the Prime Minister would be good enough to tell us when he will be able to do something towards providing a suitable building. x

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