Mr. Pugsley's ' promising ' trip to the Lake Huron ports met with the enthusiastic approval of the Goderich ' Signal,' which believes that the Minister of Public Works should get in ' touch ' with the needs of the country. The suggestion of the 'News' that all wharfs and other improvements should he constructed on the recommendation of a civil rather than a political engineer stirred up the deeps of turbid wrath, in the ' Signal's ' soul, and caused them to overflow in several ' sticks ' of vituperative brevier.
President Taft, who, we may agree, is a man of some eminence in politics and in law, is inclined to join the ' News ' in violent disagreement with the ' Signal.' The president spoke on the 20th instant at Cincinnati before the Ohio River Improvement Association. One of his most telling paragraphs follows:
' The evil in the corrupt control of a Congress or a legislature by private interests is manifest and always calls for condemnation. But there is another kind of legislative abuse as dangerous to public weal in certain of its aspects as corruption, and that is the selfish combination of the representatives of the majority of the constituencies to expend the money of the government for the temporary benefit of a part or with little benefit to the whole. It is the duty of the majority and the minority to legislate always for the benefit of the whole people, and any enactments that look to the selfish exploitation of less than the whole at the expense of the whole, and
without benefit to the whole, is a species of legislative abuse that comes very near corruption in its effect, and is perhaps more dangerous than corruption, because those who support such a combination are generally bold in its defence.'
So much for the condemnation of the system which is operative in Canada under the distinguished direction of Mr. Pugsley. M . Taft's remedy is in exact accord with that suggested by the ' News. . . .,
' A supervising hoard of engineers should recommend to Congress the improvements in the order of their importance, and should have the power to advise that body tliat the beginning of certain improvements should be postponed until other improvements are completely finished/
There is the recommendation of the President of the United States as to what should be done, and I presume that is the *wav it is conducted there. But here we are erecting post offices in little villages with a population of 700 or 800 people and a revenue of $400 or $500, when we could rent a suitable building for $44 a year The minister will expend $15,000 on a new built -ing in such a place after paying $2,000 for a site. Not only in Quebec, but in Ontario we will find towns of 2,000 or 3,000 people, vithout a public building in them. We 'an noint them out.