Mr. RUFUS POPE (Compton).
In his speech this evening and afternoon, the hon. the Finance Minister said that myself with others had not dealt fairly with the government in our estimate of the cost of the construction of the road from North Bay westward. After the answer had been given by the right hon. the Prime Minister that all information, papers, and documents relating to this question had been laid on the Table, what other conditions could I assume than that the Grand Trunk Pacific had asked for the construction of this road on other basis than those which had been submitted to this House. We in the opposition should have the same information upon a subject of this character as the Prime Minister or any of his colleagues in the cabinet. We have a right to be given the fullest details. I believed that we were given the fullest information and was therefore warranted in stating that the Grand Trunk Railway had agreed to construct from North Bay westward for the ordinary subsidy granted to railway construction in this country. It is unfair that at the last moment the Finance Minister should bring forward a document, hitherto unknown to parliament, and base an argument on it. It was unfair and unjust. I know nothing of the rule of government and perhaps as little of the rules of parliament, but I know the rules of fair-play, and I say that it is only fair-play that the man who stands up and opposes a great governmental scheme should be put in possession of all information pertaining to it.
Subtopic: GEO. A. COX, CHAS. M. HAYS, WM. WAINWRIGHT.