I would like to emphasize the remarks of the previous speaker as to the small vote for public buildings for the province of Saskatchewan. The name Saskatchewan is of Indian origin but the people out there are not all Indians, nor does the land1 consist of desert or Indian reserves either. In line with my hon. friend who preceded me, I maintain that this vote is the smallest appropriation made for any province. The apportionment of public money for Nova Scotia would look to be smaller but if you combine the vote for Nova Scotia of $19,600, the vote of $48,500 for New Brunswick, and the vote of $38,000 for the maritime provinces generally, it will be seen that the average for each of three maritime provinces is over $35,000. Our province of Saskatchewan
is a real large block of land and the population is 200,000 larger than that of either Manitoba or Alberta. Now it seems to be that an injustice has been done the banner province of Canada-so far as wheat producing goes it is the banner province. I would like also to bring to the attention of the minister the fact that in the town in which I have the honour to live the post office is housed in a small rented shack, and I was informed by the postmaster that he is compelled to move, as the Bank of Commerce which owns the building, is going to haul it away out on the prairies in order that risk of Are may be eliminated. The postmaster accordingly will be compelled to move and find other quarters. It seems to me that this young and growing province should have more consideration in the way of public buildings than apparently it is receiving judging from the estimates before us. However I do not advocate following the policy of the hon. members for Toronto, who believe that money should be spent lavishly. I recollect that our national debt is large and that money is needed for other purposes. I simply desire to point out that justice should be done to the prairie provinces because comparing the votes for this purpose with similar votes for the other provinces of the Dominion we are suffering from a glaring injustice.
Subtopic: STATEMENT OF PREMIER NORRIS