Mr. Chairman, I do not know whether I am in order in raising my questions under this clause, but I do not know under what other clause they could be raised, and if I am not in order Your Honour will draw it to my attention. With respect to the solution to this problem we are facing, may I ask the minister whether it is under regulations or legislation that speculative loans are not available now.
I wish to make reference to a land assembly project in Sarnia to which I referred the other day. Central Mortgage and Housing Corporation made available two lots per builder for the purpose of constructing homes commencing this fall. Unfortunately for us there were only 40 lots available in that section. I was wondering whether the minister would consider making this arrangement applicable to the rest of the builders who would like to avail themselves of the opportunity of securing two lots for the purpose of construction beginning this autumn if they could purchase those properties somewhere within the residential area from which people commute to Sarnia for employment.
I think it is important that the government be made aware that today housing accommodation is required not only by people in the city but by people living from 10 to 20 miles away who commute to their employment in the city. I raise this point because a regulation was introduced some months ago to the effect that no building would be permitted in the urban areas where there are no sewage disposal facilities. The effective date of that regulation was postponed to January 1 next. I suggest to the minister that he give serious consideration to postponing the effective date of that regulation for at least another six months after the first of next year.
I have had some correspondence with the minister on this subject. These regulations naturally become effective overnight, and it would not be proper to have it otherwise. In my own area, where I am familiar with the situation, of course, I know that some of the builders purchased property at a high
price. The property was not serviced by sewers. They were, of course, hoping to build on the property, and found themselves with a great deal of land upon which they could not construct homes. Some were actually faced with bankruptcy. They were relieved to a certain extent by the postponement of that regulation. I urge the minister to seriously consider a further postponement after January 1, 1961. I personally know that some of those who have made a great contribution to our area would be under a terrific financial handicap if they were unable to make use of the property which they purchased at a high price.
Turning now to an area outside the city which could be classified as part urban and part rural, I am wondering where the dividing line is drawn with respect to the requirement for sewage disposal. In my correspondence with the minister I indicated that there are many areas in my riding where there never will be sewage disposal plants, and where as a matter of fact the soil is such that they will not be required because there is a gravel strip-
Topic: TO AUTHORIZE URBAN RENEWAL, ETC.