The hon minister has intimated that because there are no new items in the estimates for Nova Scotia, they should go through quickly. With deference I would say that to my mind at least that is one reason why it will take some time to get these items through. So far as the county of Cumberland is concerned, there are two items which look very lonely-one for $2,000 and one for $1,000; whereas in the estimates of last year there were seventeen items for that county, aggregating $40,000, and it will be my duty to inquire why and wherefore the difference between the items of this year and those of last year.
The hon. member for Lunenburg has stated that within a few minutes we have passed upwards of $2,000,000. The minister says that there was no understanding that we should rise when these items were through. Although there was no actual understanding, the idea was, I believe, in the minds of all of us, that the minister would act reasonably with u3 if we acted fairly with him. It is now twenty minutes to one o'clock, and it has recently been impressed upon the minds of all of us that we have been sitting altogether too late. There is not only the item to be considered, but members who j would like to take part in the discussion
^ iese items are absent, and therefore I think the minister should not insist on our going on^ at this time. We have done a good day's work, we have been reasonable in passing as many items as we have done, and I hope the minister will agree to let the committee rise.
gard it as wholly satisfactory. It is merely a statement of the clerk's view as to the observance of the usual practice, which I do not think is sufficient. The chairman of the Railway Committee should inform the House that when this matter comes before that committee, he will see that the notice is in order. That is all we require.
I may say that since receiving that memorandum from the clerk of the Committee on Standing Orders, I saw Mr. Hartney, and he tells me that he takes note of all matters that come before the Standing Orders Committee, which have to receive special attention, and he satisfies himself that all the requirements have been complied with before they are taken up by the Railway Committee.