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

CON

William Humphrey Bennett

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. BENNETT.

because in the meantime he hopes to sell his lot and make a profit. So the government seem to think that this whole scheme is going to work to their advantage politically, nothing 'more or Jess ; the hon. gentlemen opposite have swallowed themselves in supporting it. Take, for example, the hon. member for Hants (Mr. Bussell). We remember a couple of years ago, when the ex-Minister of Railways and Canals was promoting a project for the extension of the Intercolonial Railway to the Georgian bay, there was no more ardent admirer of that project than the hon. member for Hants. In fact, the scheme was supposed to be his inspiration. That was not the time that the hon. member for Hants regarded the ex-Minister of Railways and Canals as unfit to untie the shoestrings of the premier. That was the time when the ex-Minister of Railways and Canals was the king-bee of the maritime provinces, and the little fellows all jumped when he pulled the string. So we saw this letter from the hon. member for Hants, then the member for Halifax, applauding to the very echo the extension of the Intercolonial to the Georgian bay. But, Sir. things have changed. The Minister of Railways and Canals is not to-day the power in the land that he was then.

Topic:   GRAND TRUNK PACIFIC RAILWAY BILL.
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