May 17, 1904

CON

Thomas Earle

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. EARLE.

I would call the attention of the right hon. Prime Minister to the fact that it is understood that construction will be commenced on the Pacific coast simultaneously with the other sections of the road, and therefore will it not be necessary to have a commissioner for that province ?

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LIB

Wilfrid Laurier (Prime Minister; President of the Privy Council)

Liberal

Sir WILFRID LAURIER.

No, I think four are quite sufficient.

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CON

Thomas Earle

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. EARLE.

If it is necessary to have one for the prairie section, it is particularly necessary that a commissioner should be appointed for the mountain section which is certainly the most important section of the road as far as the western division is concerned.

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LIB

Wilfrid Laurier (Prime Minister; President of the Privy Council)

Liberal

Sir WILFRID LAURIER.

I would remind my hon. friend that the British Columbia section will be constructed by the Grand Trunk Pacific, and not by the commissioners.

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CON

Thomas Simpson Sproule

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. SPROULE.

If you have an even number of commissioners, there may be some difficulty if they divide evenly on any question.

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LIB

Wilfrid Laurier (Prime Minister; President of the Privy Council)

Liberal

Sir WILFRID LAURIER.

It is to be hoped that there will be unanimity after the example we have set them in this House. -

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CON

Robert Laird Borden (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. R. L. BORDEN.

I do not know that L altogether see the force of the hon. gentleman's reasoning-one to represent the maritime provinces ; one, Quebec ; one, Ontario, and one the west. What relevancy is there betwen that and the construction of the eastern division ?

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LIB

Wilfrid Laurier (Prime Minister; President of the Privy Council)

Liberal

Sir WILFRID LAURIER.

I Sir WILFRID LAURIER. The selection of the route is a most important matter, and I apprehend that the commissioners cannot altogether overlook the geographical conditions. It is expected that each section of the country will be better served if each section has a representative.

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CON

Robert Laird Borden (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. R. L. BORDEN.

Are the commissioners to select the route ?

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LIB

Wilfrid Laurier (Prime Minister; President of the Privy Council)

Liberal

Sir WILFRID LAURIER.

Not finally, but I suppose they will have a great deal to say about it. We expect to have the benefit of their advice upon the question.

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CON

Uriah Wilson

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. WILSON.

If the Grand Trunk Pacific is to build the road west of Winnipeg, why should the western section be entitled to a commissioner when the government will have nothing to do with it ? Unless you make the commissioners responsible for the location of the route, they will have nothing to do with the construction of the line west of Winnipeg.

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LIB

Wilfrid Laurier (Prime Minister; President of the Privy Council)

Liberal

Sir WILFRID LAURIER.

Winnipeg is an important centre of the western country, and as the road will go as far as Winnipeg the argument of my hon. friend (Mr. Wilson) would not be relished in Manitoba.

Resolution reported, read a second time, agreed to and referred to the Committee of the Whole on Bill No. 72 to amend the National Transcontinental Railway Act.-Sir Wilfrid Laurier.

On motion of Sir Wilfrid Laurier, House adjourned at 10.45 p.m.

Wednesday, May 18, 1904.

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May 17, 1904