May 27, 1904 (9th Parliament, 4th Session)


James Clancy

Conservative (1867-1942)


If it were not a well-known fact that the hon. the Minister of Trade and Commerce is an exceedingly amiable gentleman, we w'ould have had his protest long ago ; but he has borne the imputation with Christian forbearance. I w'ould like to ask the hon. the Minister of Agriculture whether before he becomes irrevocably committed to any scheme, that money might not be better applied in arranging an exhibit that would be purely Canadian. I think we should all look forward with some hope that, as the interests of Canada grow and expand, some definite plan for a creditable exhibit shall be decided upon. We have not heard from the minister anything holding out hopes of success even under the new organization. He tells us that it is under the Board of Trade, which is an omnibus department, a sort of receptacle for worthless articles- things which are not good enough to keep, but which it is hard to throw away. While not objecting to the vote, I think that Canada should be committed to no plan of con-

tribution in the future unless we have some definite statement of what that plan is.

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