June 3, 1904 (9th Parliament, 4th Session)


Edmund Boyd Osler

Conservative (1867-1942)


The government can get a new vessel constructed in Canada nearly if not quite as cheaply as it can be built anywhere else. Our fleets on Lake Superior have been built at our own ports by Canadian labour and they are the best vessels on the lakes to-day. And I am Canadian enough to say that, even if it costs a thousand or two more the government should get the vessel built in Canada by our own labourers rather than go outside. But when the government are proposing an expenditure like this, which, speaking for myself, I regard as a proper expenditure, I think they ought to have a new vessel and not run any risks involved in buying an old one, no matter how favourable the conditions may apparently be. It should be a modern vessel, built for the purpose proposed, and built in Canada.

Topic:   SUPPLY.
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