I am glad to hear him say so. Perhaps no item here to-night is more necessary than this armoury and drill hall in Woodstock, in the county of Carle-ton, N.B. which I represent. We have there the 67th Regiment, an eight company regiment, the Woodstock Field battery and the Brighton Engineers, the oldest in Canada. For want of accommodation the Woodstock bah tery is still armed with the old 9-pounder guns and will be until we can get proper accommodation for the new equipment. The Brighton engineers have never yet received their equipment, although two years ago the establishment was increased to almost double its former strength and given 28 horses or whatever the ordinary equipment of an engineer company is, and yet on account of lack of accommodation they are not able to receive the equipment. The 67th Regiment is still armed with the old Snider rifle for want of the accommodation Mr. FOWLER.
and four of five years ago it was felt by the department that they should build an armoury in Woodstock. The result was that in 1902 the vote was placed in the estimates for an armoury at Woodstock and then it was only intended to have an armoury. A site was purchased for $1,250 and before that site was purchased the Department of Militia and Defence took pains to find out the value of the land from independent sources, and it has never been questioned in this House or I think, in the country, that the price paid was reasonable and just. It was afterwards decided by the department that this building would not be large enough to meet the requirements of the militia under the new conditions. A battery of field artillery formerly consisted of 6 guns and 6 ammunition wagons ; to-day it would be 6 guns and 24 ammunition wagons besides forage and store wagons. At that time the accommodation of the engineers would not occupy a space of more than 30 or 40 feet square, but now it would take four times that space, and therefore it was decided to be inadvisable to erect a building according to the plans, although tenders had been called for. The department then looked for another site and they found that they could buy the rink property for a reasonable price and that the owners were willing to take the other property in part payment. The result was that the Rink property was purchased, tenders were called for and the contract was let. I can assure the committee and the hon. member for King's that we will have ample accommodation for all the militia in the county. We will have, besides, accommodation for the Woodstock Field battery and the engineers, a drill hall which will be 60 x 100 feet. It will be a modern building, the front part of which will be 30 x 100 feet, will be solid brick, and when completed will be a credit to the department and to the town of Woodstock, and will fill a long felt want for the militia of the county of Carleton. I can assure the committee that the clerk of works is actively engaged, that the contractor is drawing materials to the ground every day and that there can be no objection to this clerk of works. I do not think any gentleman in this House would find fault with the construction of the building.
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