benefit that accrues not only to the people of the maritime provinces but to the people of Ontario especially ; they are especially to be benefited by the acquisition of that road down in that section of the country. If that was the end of it, we would not have so much to complain of. Here are $800,000 taken at the beginning, but what will come afterwards ? You will find in the acquisition of that road what you found after the acquisition of the road connecting the Intercolonial with Montreal, that instead of its being a benefit to the Intercolonial it is a drag upon it. A large sum will have to be expended to bring it up to the standard that the road should be in, and the expenditure must be greatly in excess of receipts. It is then not only an expenditure of $800,000, but you have to keep up the bridges, you have to keep the road in a good state of repair, and keep it running afterwards. I say it would be better that this $800,000 were pitched into the sea, or made a present of to the provinces down there and let them keep the road, than that we should enter into any such bargain as this. ' Oh, but we don't begrudge the people of the western portion of this Dominion the expenditure that has been made upon the canals ! ' The expenditure at the present day amounts to about $90,000,000. That is solely for the benefit of this section of the country and particularly for the Northwest provinces. Let me draw the distinction between that expenditure about which the hon. gentleman talks. The Dominion has made an expenditure on the Intercolonial Railway or $70,000,000. We pay the interest upon that : that is part of the national debt. Besides that this year we made an expenditure owing to loss in working the road, an actual expenditure, between it and the Prince Edward Island Railway, of $2,750,000. Where is there any such loss on the canals ? You only pay your proportion of the interest. We pay the same on $70,000,000 on the Intercolonial Railway. We have a larger portion in this section of the country and the expenditure of $90,000,000 on the canals is not at all to be compared with the expenditure of $70,000,000 on the Intercolonial Railway. Taking it even from that point of view the comparison is absurd.