My hon. friend says he refers to the summer traffic. Well, if we had attached any such condition as respects traffic in any portion of the year, the Grand Trunk Railway would never have entertained the proposition, and as a result we would not have been able to have made any arrangement with them for securing an entrance into the city of Montreal, and we would not have been able to make that arrangement which, outside of a few red hot and extreme opponents, is approved by the judgment and common sense of the people'of this whole country.
Now, Mr. Speaker, the hon. gentleman makes it a ground of criticism against us that we did not do as he suggests we might have done. If the hon. gentleman wants to make a political question out of it, I would ask him to consider the conduct of his own party and of his own government whose policy he has uniformly sustained. I would ask him to carry back his recollection to 1884, when the government of Canada was making, not a business arrangement, but practically giving a bonus of thirty million dollars to the great Canadian Pacific Railway corporation. A modest suggestion was made .to the government and to parliament at that time, that the Canadian Pacific Railway Company, in consideration' . of their receiving so munificent a grant from the exchequer of this country, should bind themselves not to expend any portion of the money that they were receiving as a gratuity from the people of Canada, in building up or creating a terminus or termini for their railway in any foreign country. How was that proposition received by the gentlemen whom my hon. friend is associated with, and by the government which he, during Its life, continued to support ? It was treated with absolute contempt, the proposition was voted down, received no sort of favour from the friends of the hon. member. I think when he compares the two propositions, the proposition which he says I ought to have
entertained, and the proposition which was submitted to parliament at that time, it will not be open to my hon. friend to make any great amount of political capital against this government.