ItOCHE (Halifax). Mr. Speaker, those fortunate mortals who had been summoned to a banquet of the gods, on their return reported that the bill of fare was very scanty, and that the nectar had made three or four rounds of the table before they were called upon to take a sip. My hon. friend from Essex (Mr. Sutherland) made an allusion to my hon. colleague the leader of the opposition which was of a highly complimentary character. He said that several other gentlemen on that side had been selected to criticise the statement made by the Minister of Finance and that they had not been found adequate to the task. He said that the leader of the opposition, not having anybody behind him capable of ably criticising the speech of the Finance Minister, took that duty upon himself. My hon. friend (Mr. Sutherland) intended it as a compliment and in no way as disparagement of or a flaunt at the learned leader of the opposition. The leader of the opposition was well within his rights when he challenged the speech of the Minister of Finance, but he incurred a great responsibility in doing so. No living mortal could fathom what was the intention of the hon. gentleman (Mr. Borden, Halifax). Perhaps he was actuated with the desire of heading off some of the divergent opinions of his supporters ; perhaps he wished to prevent the policy of the Finance Minister from being too largely expatiated upon or too much explained before he promptly presented his amendment. Now, let me ask : What has the learned leader of the opposition left out by his resolution ? His amendment is, that after the word ' that ' the whole of the motion should be struck out, and his amendment substituted. Now, Sir, the leader of the opposition has left out of consideration our gross trade of $423,000,000. the largest trade enjoyed in the history of Canada ; he has left out a revenue of $58,000,000, the greatest in our history ; he lias loft out a surplus of $7,000,000 ; he has left out a reduction of $5,000,000 in the debt ; he has left out of consideration also the generous provisions for all the services of the country and for all the public works throughout Canada-a more generous and sensible provision than ever was made in the history of the Conservative party. That the statement of the Finance Minister was satisfactory to the country, we have the opinions of bankers, of capitalists, of investors in stock companies and savings banks, of merchants, of labourers. The manufacturers of Canada
Subtopic: TO MAKE PNEUMATIC TOOLS.