May 17, 1904 (9th Parliament, 4th Session)


William Humphrey Bennett

Conservative (1867-1942)


I don't know that, but I do know that this Bill guarantees its sale. I can tell the Minister of Justice that if he should come into the province of Ontario during the approaching elections he will not find very kindly audiences when he endeavours to point out the advantages of this Grand Trunk Pacific measure. It is viewed in many different lights. In the far west it is looked upon by some as a transcontinental scheme to assist transportation, but in the maritime provinces, according to the member for Annapolis, it is going to be a distribution of money. Money is to be lavished in its construction and when money is going, Nova Scotia must have a share of it. That was the high ground taken by the hon. member for Annapolis. He gave parliament fair notice that when anything was going around in the Way of dollars, the maritime provinces were not to be forgotten.
Well, I think the maritime provinces are going to consider a little in the question of ultimate cost. The dealing by the government and by their supporters with this Bill -because they are all in it-is a good deal in the line of a man who happens to own a small parcel of real estate in a town where a big bonus is going to be given to a new industry. He throws up both his hands to hamper the town with a bonus.

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