This was the case I had in mind particularly when I reminded my hon. friend (Mr. Hyman) of the practice of building these public buildings half of stone and half of brick. My hon. friend might have put up a very good stone building there that would not have cost any more, and that would have looked a great deal better.
We have not been criticising very much, except to do our duty. We have been reproached very often in the country with not having criticised large estimates. This government has spent three or four times as much as the late government spent, and it is the fault of my hon. friend's friends in the country that we are criticising the estimates as we how do. My hon. friend (Mr. Hyman) has been very kind and courteous in answering questions tonight and I wish to acknowledge his courtesy, because I know he has not been long in the department, and is not in the position to answer all the questions that may be put to him, as readily as if he were an old minister. All the criticism we can make will not change this amount, it is there and must go through. I am reminded of years gone by when we would sometimes spend whole nights discussing amounts of a great deal less than we voted to-night which was criticised by my hon. friend, and it shows that while the government may change, bad habits do not. We used to vote $35,000,000 to $40,000,000, and now we are asked to vote $60,000,000 or $75,000,000 and yet if we criticise any amount proposed for any county we are told immediately: You do not want that building to be put up there. If there is an election in that particular county then an opposition speaker is pointed to, as the man who had been trying to prevent the electors from having a public building. What is the inference to be drawn from that 7 It looks as if hon. gentlemen opposite thought that by putting a building or a wharf or a breakwater here or there, they are in a position either to buy that county or to show it that by voting for their candidates it is likely to obtain favours. It is immoral, purely and simply immoral. It seems to me that we should put up public buildings where they
are absolutely necessary. I am not prepared to say that the old government did very well on that line; they might also have) been carried away like the present govern-i ment by the requests of their friends for| public buildings, but when I look at all these estimates I think we were angels to hon. gentlemen opposite.
We were good, and I would like the people in the country to hear me in order that they might see what an immense difference there is between those who sat here ten years ago in opposition) and those who sit here in power now.
Some resolutions reported.
Sir WILLIAM MULOCK moved the adjournment of the House.
The Minister of Agriculture will proceed with the Bill respecting the census and statistics and perhaps, he may take up the Bill respecting seeds. When the Bills are disposed of we will then proceed with the estimates of the Minister of Railways and Canals.