ment of this board, has been consistently and persistently to prevent an inquiry in this matter. In the return which has been brought down on the motion of the hon. leader of the opposition (Mr. R. L. Borden) every page where there is a line written by the commission is a page and a line showing a desire to prevent a full and thorough investigation of -this matter. That is the action of that commission, and I say to the minister he is the one more than all others who is responsible, and that if he wants to keep his reputation up, to do justice by the people, to see that this railway does not become a perfect scandal from one end of this country to the other, and before all countries, he should take this matter in hand and take some measures by which the people will be protected and this system will not be continued. I believe every word I say in this matter. I have given a good deal of time to it and I intend to give a good deal more to it if necessary, hut I do say that this is becoming one of the most iniquitous works ever carried on on this continent- and some years ago they had some pretty bad ones to the south of us. The minister has not as yet become so deeply immersed in it as some others, but I say to him that he should look at the action of this commission critically and impartially, and if he can believe that this commission is acting in the interests of the public then he should go on; but I have read the records in connection with this investigation, by these arbitrators, these experts, and I can come to no other conclusion, nor can any one who reads the evidence, than that systematically, persistently, and determinedly, the members of this commission-the chairman, perhaps, more persistently than any others-have endeavoured to block this inquiry and to confine it within the narrowest possible limits. I have talked warmly on this, let me come down to calm pleading with the minister. It is up to the minister, it is essentially his duty not to allow this matter to run on any longer, but to take some active, definite action to protect the rights of the people as regards the expenditure of money on the Transcontinental railway.