Mr. Donald W. Munro (Esquimalt-Saanich):
Mr. Speaker, the Royal Society of Canada announced not long ago that it wanted to establish a National House of Academics in the vacant building formerly occupied by the Teacher's College, on the corner of Elgin and Lisgar, in Ottawa.
The Royal Society, which was founded by the Government of Canada in 1882, would like to bring under the same roof all our national scientific and cultural institutions and associations, to facilitate the sharing and exchange of ideas and resources. There is no centre of this kind in Canada, unlike other developed countries. The Royal Society feels it is time that Canada, like most of the world's civilized countries, had its own National House of Academics.
Teacher's College, now the property of Public Works Canada, has been empty since 1978. Now that the July 15 deadline for termination of negotiations between Public Works Canada and the City of Ottawa for renting the property is drawing near, I would like to suggest that this House support Dr. Alexander Mackay, President of the Royal Society, in urging the federal Government to assign Teacher's College to the Royal Society, on a rental basis, so that it may become Canada's "National House of Academies".
Topic: STATEMENTS PURSUANT TO S.O. 21