No, it is better than beautification; it has to do with the health of the people. We do not want our lake polluted with sewage from any city. This matter should receive attention. I hope the Minister of Labour, with all the money he has under his control, or the Minister of Public Works, will see that this is done. It would be something of lasting credit to this government and to this country. The taxpayer of Toronto has been literally overwhelmed paying taxes. Relief there is getting worse and worse every year. No matter what anyone may say, relief in Toronto is getting no better.
The hon. member for Broadview referred to the Toronto and York roads commission. At one time I was chairman of this commission, and I have been a member for the last twenty-four years. When my hon. friend was mayor of the city, an arrangement was made between the county of York and the city of Toronto whereby the city paid twenty-five per cent of the cost of maintaining roads extending all over the county. The provincial government was to pay fifty per cent of the cost. This arrangement covers roads extending out as far as fifty and sixty miles to the borders of Ontario, Peel and other counties. No doubt York is a rich county and has done great things in its time. There are over 400 miles of roads in York. The present chairman of the roads commission is my old-time friend, Senator O'Connor. I am sorry to say that he has been ill in Florida, but perhaps hon. members will be glad to know that a letter 71492-65
was received last Monday by the commission stating that he was getting better and expected to be back by the middle of April or the first of May.
I am tired of hearing people call Toronto a hog town. " Hog-town " pays a great deal of money to this government by way of taxation. Just consider the business done in the post office and the money taken in at the customs.
Topic: CITY OF OTTAWA AGREEMENT
Subtopic: AUTHORIZATION OP PAYMENT OF $100,000 FOR THE YEAR ENDING JULY 1, 1939