Mr. BELL (Pictou).
So that for three years to come he is going to spend 7 per cent on $100,000, twice the amount it would cost the people of Canada if he had bought the property. But, surely it would not be necessary to pay $100,000 for it. The property was sold a short time ago for $20,000, and surely it would have been possible for the government to have taken possession of it under expropriation proceedings. Then it would have been the subject of arbitration, and would probably have been got for $30,000 or $40,000; and, besides, all the improvements made on it would have become the property of the people of Canada. If, as the hon. geutleman says, the government are pressed to find accommodation for the Increased number of public servants who are coming here, it strikes me that he should look a little further ahead, and realize what every member of parliament realizes before lie is here three months, namely, that the accommodation provided for parliament and the public officials is perfectly inadequate. He should not wait until real estate advances
to an extravagant figure. Intelligent management on the part of the Minister of Public Works would have dictated that he should have advised his colleagues to proceed at once to secure such real estate within the neighbourhood of the public buildings as would give the government of Canada accommodation not only for the present but for the future. I should think a scheme which would involve the purchase of the whole block between Metcalfe and O'Connor streets and Wellington and Sparks streets would be a capital investment. The minister would deserve more commendation if, instead of pursuing a piecemeal policy, involving vast expense to the country, he would formulate some proper business-like scheme which would give to parliament and the officials the accommodation they must have, not only for the present, but for years to come.
Topic: SUPPLY-SOUTH AFRICAN WAR-PAY OF COLONIAL TROOPS.
Subtopic: PAY FOR SOUTH AFRICAN SERVICES.