Is it not perfectly fair, Mr. Speaker, that in considering this proposition we should compare it with the legislation placed upon the Statute-books of this country in years gone by by the Conservative government '? Now, as I pointed out, on these two little deals, these two little railways, comprising about 550 miles, somebody was allowed to get away improperly with $16,303,891. I am reminded that my hon. friend from West Elgin (Mr. Robinson), one evening since the commencement of this session, expressed some curiosity to see that individual who is frequently termed a grafter. My hon. friend from West Elgin will remember that one evening here he read a letter from some one in Vancouver, I think, and said he would like to see one of these individuals spoken of as grafters. It seems to me that if we could put our finger on the gentleman who got away with these $16,000,000 we would find a grafter under our finger. Now, I would advise my hon. friend from West Elgin to cast his eye down to the seat just four rows in front of him, t >
the seat of the hon. junior member for West Toronto (Mr. Osier) and he will see -or he would see, because the seat is vacant
at the present moment-he would see, if the seat was filled by its member, one of these grafters who, by himself and his associates, got away with this sum of $16,000,000 odd dolla rs.