I feel it my duty, notwithstanding the desire to get through the business of the House, to enter my solemn protest against this bonusing of railways which is condemned by the farmers throughout the length and breadth of Canada. One of the strongest planks in the Liberal platform of former days was that railway bonuses should cease, but the Liberals in power have forgotten that. The ' Farmers Sun,' the most able organ of the farmers of this Dominion, has condemned railway bonusing in the strongest possible manner, and in that opinion of the ' Farmer's Sun ' I cordially concur. And not only that, but it is worse still that in the dying hours of the session with prorogation in sight the government should bring down this enormous expenditure. If the government had submitted their measures months ago instead of waiting until a short time before prorogation the business of the House could have been disposed of long ago. The Ross government for years pursued a policy of delay in a similar way, but the Conservative opposition forced them to bring down their measures in proper time 4211
to allow of proper consideration. Here we are rushing millions and millions of the people's money through without due consideration. I believe, Sir, that the people of Canada will at the first opportunity retire from power the government which imposes such enormous burdens upon the people and which shows such procrastination in submitting measures to parliament.