When an item is to be passed the question should be distinctly put to the committee so that every one may hear it, and that every one who has any objection to its passing or desires it to stand, may then speak. But that is not always done.
I have asked Mr. Pot-tinger for information. This present item ' to equip four passenger cars with Pintsch gas apparatus, $3,500,' is a revote. Last year $8,000 was appropriated for the purpose. The total estimated cost for equipping the passenger ears with this apparatus is $22,400. We are asking for $3,500 in order Mr. DEPUTY SPEAKER.
to equip four passenger cars this year. The total number to be equipped is twenty-six. Up to the 30th June, 1903, fourteen had been equipped, and it is estimated that there will have been six equipped to the 30th June last. Therefore, the estimated number that will have been equipped to the 30tli June, 1904, is twenty and the balance to be equipped after the 30th June is six. The estimated number to be done in 1904-5 is four, and after the 30th June, 1905, there will be two to be equipped.
I could not tell the hon. gentleman; I think very largely by Canadian oil. The Imperial Oil Company have the contract for furnishing it, and as it is a Canadian concern, I presume they are furnishing good Canadian goods.