May 4, 1908 (10th Parliament, 4th Session)



With your permission, Sir, I would take opportunity to refer to what my hon. friend from Halton (Mr. Henderson) said Friday last in the course of the debate on the Estimates. Referring to my hon. colleague the Minister of Public Works (Mr. Pugsley), he used these expressions :
The hon. gentleman is very anxious to get his money, but there are measures on the Order Paper we never hear of and it seems to me he should advise his colleagues to bring some of those forward before he exhausts his estimates. To my mind there are important measures that ought to be dealt with before we deal with those estimates. I do not believe in leaving those to the end of the session when every one is anxious to get home and when proper consideration cannot be given them.
If this means anything, it means that in the mind of my hon. friend, and perhaps in the minds of hon. gentlemen opposite, the impression prevails that if we get our Estimates through, we might abandon what remains on the Order Paper, notably the Election Bill. We have no such intention. We intend proceeding with that measure but we tried to get the Estimates through because we thought they were the most pressing. It is immaterial to us in what order we take up the government measures, but when we have moved the House into Supply we have made but little progress. To meet the views of my hon. friend, I now give notice that to-morrow we shall take up the Election Bill.

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