Mr. Roland Michener (St. Paul's):
Mr. Speaker, I feel impelled to rise because of the opportunity this debate presents to new members for identification and initiation. But constituency identification, like station identification. should not be a long process.
The Address-Mr. Michener
St. Paul's riding is in the downtown commercial centre of Toronto and comprises the main industrial, business and commercial sections of the city and a residential strip running about three miles north from the waterfront with Yonge street as its principal artery. It has no farmers, no lumberjacks and no fishermen as far as I know, except those who may have retired to the urban peace of Toronto or to its pleasures and facilities. However, St. Paul's does comprise a broad and representative cross-section of urban Canadians of all ethnic groups and conditions. It is perhaps a trifle overweighted with members of parliament because I claim as constituents two hon. members of this house and one hon. member of the other place.
Those who work or live in St. Paul's are engaged in a great variety of occupations. I might illustrate this by referring to a few. Legislation is represented by the legislative assembly of the province of Ontario, the seat of government, located in Queen's Park. Education is represented by the University of Toronto with its affiliated colleges having over 10,000 students, as well as a number of other schools. Communications are represented by the newest and only subway system in the country. Medication, if I may use that term, is represented by four great general hospitals. Salvation is represented by two cathedrals, several churches and the headquarters of many other religious denominations. Finally to complete the categorization, temptation is represented by some 85 licensed hotels and premises.
Housing is a principal concern of the constituents of St. Paul's, not because there is room for more houses unless one can make two houses grow where one grew before, to use the words of a colleague who spoke earlier in this debate. There has been a steady supplanting of residential properties by commercial expansion. The head offices of four large life insurance companies are now being built uptown. The construction of the subway cut a swath through some 400 houses and thereby removed living accommodation for some thousands of people.
This encroachment and the steady movement northward has meant that the residents of St. Paul's have had to find new housing in suburban areas and this is a matter of urgent and great concern. I look forward with great interest to the proposal to increase the supply of mortgage money for housing.
There is a prospect of an early supply of natural gas at prices which would make that ideal fuel available for heating purposes on a competitive basis with coal and oil. I look forward to what may be proposed in that regard. The government's proposals for mu-
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The Address-Mr. Michener nicipal grants in lieu of taxation, for the disabled and for veterans' legislation will be of special interest and concern to the people in this area.
The riding of St. Paul's is not an old one as it had its beginnings only in 1935. During the first three parliaments after that time it was represented in this house by Mr. Douglas Ross. In the last parliament it was represented by Mr. James H. Rooney. Both of these gentlemen will be cordially remembered by many hon. members. The latter gentleman was a Liberal and so I have characterized my recent activities, not so much as a campaign but as a mission for the second conversion of St. Paul's.
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