Obviously the hon. member
who has just taken his seat is not a contractor. He is totally unhampered by knowledge of building costs, and has offered figures that any contractor would laugh at.
I am not at all surprised that there has been considerable criticism of this item. In every community there will be found a group of conservative-thinking people who will oppose school boards when they suggest the building of an auditorium in a new school. These folk have a right to their own opinion, but fortunately they are not the majority. Wherever you go across Canada you will find new public buildings. In most of our rural sections you will find new union schools which all have beautiful auditoriums. I suggest that Central Mortgage and Housing Corporation was reasonably modest in providing an auditorium 60 by 100, or whatever the dimensions are totalling 6,000 square feet. Surely in a country as wealthy as Canada the people who work for us are entitled to the normal amenities of life. Local school boards believe that they are spending the ratepayers' money wisely in building such auditoriums. I think now of one recently built in Nelson township adjoining my own town of Burlington. An auditorium almost the size of this auditorium under discussion is incorporated in a 12-room school. There was criticism of that.
Topic: DEPARTMENT OF RESOURCES AND DEVELOPMENT