- V olume of Taxation. Revenue.[DOT] 1890.. . $ 31,587,071 $ 39,879,9251891 30,314,151 38,579,3101892 28,446,157 36,921,8711893 29,321,367 38,168,6081894 ' 27,579,203 36,374,6931895 25,446,198 33,978,1291896 27,759,285 36,618,5901897.. 28,648,626 37,829,7781898 29,576,455 40,555,2381899 34,958,069 46,741,2491900 38,242,222 51,029,9941901 38,743,550 52,514,70143,389,111 58,050,7901903 49,015,505 '66,037,068
The administration which, in 1896, took $27,000,000 from the people, were condemned by these hon. gentlemen who, in 1903, take $49,000,000 in taxes from the same people who they declared were oppressed by the. Conservative administration. Why, Sir, such a record has never been made by a party in any parliament in the world. No wonder the right hon. the Minister of Trade and Commerce laughs. He may well laugh. The idea that any man in Canada was such a fool as to believe one word that hon. gentleman uttered when he was denouncing this expenditure, when he was talking about the people being bled white, when he was describing the state of affairs of this country, the oppression, the depression, the gloom that existed, talking of it in such terms and such tones that he drove the people out of his own county, and out of the country generally, into the United States in order that they might escape from the intolerable burden of a taxation of $27,000,000, which he increased on coming into power by considerably more than 50 per cent. No wonder he laughs. It is the greatest joke that has ever been perpetrated, not only upon a country but upon a suffering people. And the people of this country listened to him, believing him, and he is now in office ; he is now taking $49,000,000 a year from those same people whom he pitied so much when the Conservatives were taking from them $27,000.000. No wonder the hon. gentleman laughs, no wonder he chuckles and keeps his seat, keeps his place in that fifth *wheel to the coach, the Department of Trade and Commerce, that asylum for incapables, as he described them. He keeps his emoluments and keeps his stnile ; he chuckles and grins, and well he may. But what will the people of Canada say about it ? It is not likely the laugh will be altogether on the same side of their faces.
Now let us, look at the increased expenditure in this country. The best way to measure this is to show how it affects the indi-Mr. BELL.
vidual. Bet me read this table showing the taxation and expenditure per head since 1895 :
Year. Taxation Expenditure
per head. per head.
8 cts. $ cts.
1892-95 8 41
1896 5 46 8 141897 5 57 8 281898 5 69 8 631899 6 65 9 721900 7 19 9 951901 7 19 10 761902 7 95 11 721903.. 8 87 11 17
This table shows that although the people were bled white seven years ago, under the then rate of taxation, they have recuperated with astonishing rapidity, because they are now able to pay $8.87 per head whereas seven years ago they were almost exhausted when they paid only $5.46 per head. The Minister of Trade and Commerce can well laugh and smile over the situation. Evidently the patient has improved under this system of blood letting, he thrives upon it. so long as it is the Minister of Trade and Commerce who performs the operation.
Bet us now look at the expenditure under the Conservative regime :
Average $ 42,236,052
The Biberal administration, the careful
administration, the economical administration, the administration who bled for the people's suffering and who are now bleeding the people, had an expenditure as follows :
1899 .. .. $42,972,756 .. .. 45,334,281 .. .. 54,542,6351900
1901 .. .. 57,982,8661902.. .. .. 63,970,8001903 Total Average .. ..$ 54,181,054Excess Conservatives- For seven years
Average $83,601,016 . .. 11,943,002
Now, with such a record as that it is very natural that the people of the country should wonder how they manage to get clear of the money, but when we come to examine
the figures in detail we find that there have been increases in every direction, as the following table will show :