The House resumed from Thursday, April 2, consideration of the motion of Hon. J. A. Robb (Acting Minister of Finance) that Mr. Speaker do now leave the chair for the House to go into committee Of Ways and Means, and the proposed amendment thereto of Sir Henry Drayton.
Mr. ALEXANDRE J. DOUCET (Kent, N.B.): In rising to continue this debate
upon the budget as presented by the Acting Minister of Finance (Mr. Robb) I must state first that the section of the country which I represent is of the opinion that the present government has failed to economize, has not practised any retrenchment, and is guilty of wholesale extravagance in connection with the spending of the public funds of the Dominion. In order to make good this statement I have gone to the trouble of consulting some of the reports that have been laid upon the table of the House since the beginning of this session. I find that numerous commissions have been journeying from one end of the country to the other at an enormous cost to 117
the ratepayers of Canada; furthermore, other items of expenditure are in my opinion not in keeping with such a policy of retrenchment and economy as we should put into practice in this country in the crisis through which we are now passing. Let me mention a few of the expenditure to which I have reference. We find, for example, the pulp wood commission involving the country in an expenditure of $75,672; the grain commission at a cost of $170,610; the W. T. R. Preston roving commission costing over $12,800; and an expenditure on immigration within the last two years of over $2,000,000, notwithstanding that our own people have all this while been crossing the border going to the south of us.