Mr. R. L. BORDEN.
I would like to ask the Minister of Railways whether he is able to give us information respecting the cost of the Transcontinental Railway. I appreciate how busy he has been on account of this accident of the Cornwall canal. At the same time, we would be glad to get the information as soon as it can reasonably be given. I might ask him to let me know at the same time how far the estimate contained in the return brought down is based on the original estimate of the government with respect to the cost of that road. I will illustrate, in order [DOT] to make myself clear. A part of the road is under contract, I have no doubt that the cost of that is known within a reasonably narrow margin. Other portions which may not have been surveyed so carefully, are not now under contract, and it would be impossible In respect to them to make so accurate an estimate. I wish to know particularly, whether, in the statement of the probable cost brought down, the original estimate of the government has been adhered to, and in what respect it has been adhered to.