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


Thomas Simpson Sproule

Conservative (1867-1942)


I regard this as a very loose manner of voting money. It is not a proper discharge of duty by a minister of the Crown. The duty of the minister as I understand it. in voting money for any purpose, especially for a new undertaking is to submit to the House a well prepared estimate of what the country is being committed to. and will be expected to pay in the aggregate. We are asked here for $20,000 to commence the building of a vessel, but we do not know whether it will cost $30,000 or $1,000,000 in fact we have no information at all. We have so often in this House committed ourselves to undertakings that turned out entirely different to what the government anticipated they would that it makes us rather chary in voting such an item to-night. The government must have known through its officers that this vote is needed, and the lack of information shows disregard of that courtesy with which parliament should be treated. I think the vessel should be built either in British Columbia or down here and preferably by our own men.

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