..."baity _/ Speaker, whatever may 1 a,.Un,c, \Ve [®ngth. an<i power of the Grand 6 n°w «„v!aTe it all in the undertaking we Aga}" subfflitting to parliament.
(Han,, 1 We llaye him saying :
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havnpa behind0,1; be4n ®ontent that they shall ana reaanv „ We have required and they ° °f it *LC^nsente'i that they shall be in it Aggjr( 01 form the whole thing.
(han„ * 6 spol£e with equal emphasis :
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hay611 to ns * *" !^e obligation that they have fin® a('oeptpist,given in good faith, that they Uve Oondition - national responsibility which
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(tW CUls assurance :
tcrPr<B*,1't'unk a^/^e^stood' 1 think, between the ®aine tat>on of A. the government that our in
'[DOT]ton of tV. sviornmem mat our m-ISeiiL. However e contract and theirs is the ;?1UUSl°n I ma, wlthout reviving a previous they ' and tifo,Sa^Lthat this is what the Act w,,r® Prena'..j . "'ey have assured us that g0!;llat jj 1 0 to do what the Act requires.
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v'h'e i^rinfassurance withdrawn ? tely ..Placed thetagen in such form as would b°n it *>
government in a position to %>g him£^n w? A"*1 my bon. friend (h„ [DOT] eIf iwith even more emtb^bionai' pf 11853.)
nq Trun o ligations on the part of the * company are asked as in the
amendment of my hon. friend, all we can say is that they are not in the contract, and we have no right to demand them.
The country, it appears, could not demand anything which was not in the contract, but the Grand Trunk Railway could do so r.nd could obtain what it demanded. Again we have my hon. friend the Minister of the Interior thus describing the agreement :
(Hansard, 1903, p. 8635.)
A clear, distinct and unambiguous contract with a responsible company.
Why, then, is it that this session has been called specially, as we are told by the directors of the Grand Trunk Railway, to consider these amendments which they have exacted from the government, after this great measure had been agreed to and adopted ? My hon. friend the Minister of Agriculture (Mr. Fisher) was not behind his colleagues in his appreciation of this wonderful contract. He said :
(Hansard, 1903, p. 9529.)
Sir, we make a clean cut proposition embodied in a contract signed and sealed with a reputable corporation of great resources which is going ahead with the project as rapidly as possible.
Instead of going ahead rapidly, this com pany has come to parliament to obtain further concessions before one single stroke of work is done in the construction of the road through the west ? And what did my hon. friend the Minister of Customs (Mr. Paterson) say ?
(Hansard, 1903, p. 10292.)
The government's plan is there in black and white, signed by men of repute, signed by the ablest railway men in the world. These men are not mere promoters.
If they are not promoters, how is it we have this demand made on the government, and acceded to by them, that there shall be at least $12,000,000 of this stock of the Grand Trunk Pacific taken over by the Grand Trunk Railway for no consideration, or a mere nominal consideration, and be disposed of by them upon the markets of the world, just at the price they see fit and when they see fit ? What did my right hon. friend himself say ? And I have reserved his remarks to the last, because they are more enlightening perhaps than any of the other quotations I have made. This is perhaps the most significant scrap of the heap :
I do not deny that the Grand Trunk Railway is at the bottom of this enterprise. ... It cannot default upon the eastern part, because, if it defaults upon the eastern part, it defaults upon the western part. It cannot default upon one part without defaulting upon the whole, and therefore we hold them tight to their bargain and they cannot deviate from it.
In the light of what my hon. friend has said to-day, let me again point out those words :
Therefore we hold them tight to their bargain and they cannot deviate from it.