At any rate, they urged
the government to pledge itself to the completion of the Welland canal at the earliest possible date. That was the state of public opinion in that part of the country then, however it may have changed. I say emphatically that the WTelland canal was started largely at the request of the western people to reduce the cost of carrying their commodities. My hon. friend objects now and he gives as the reason for his objection the fact that the Hudson Bay railway is not getting a vote.