My hon. friend's objections come rather late. He should have made these remarks two years ago when this vote was first brought to the attention of parliament. Let him remember that this work is already far advanced, there is only $40,000 more to expend upon it, and surely the hon. gentleman does not expect that we are going to give it up now and not pay the contractors who are at work. This work has been progressing, and it is now nearly completed. True, we stated at the opening of this session our plans with regard to the navigation and transportation
questions. I am afraid we have been proceeding rather loosely, but it was better to adopt an extensive transportation system, and that is the reason we have appointed this commission. I think the commission will do good work in this respect, and will give us a general plan as to where these national works had better be undertaken. But in the meantime we must complete the work that we have undertaken.