May 13, 1901 (9th Parliament, 1st Session)


John Graham Haggart

Conservative (1867-1942)


By the government of Canada. I contend that the power of disallowance is vested in the government of the Dominion to be exercised when occasion requires. How much more, then, should it be exercised when we are asked to pass legislation which, according to some gentlemen who have spoken, would enable the province to effect its own financial ruin. I am not arguing as to the merits of the arrangement at all. I do not know but what it may be a most meritorious one, enitrely in the interests of the province. But what I contend is that when we pass legislation of this kind, we are not merely empowering the provincial legislature to do a thing into the merits of which we are not required to look at all, but we are actually approving of the merits of their action. I say that the government and the House, in passing this legislation, will be perfectly responsible as to the merits of the amalgamation and the whole transaction. The Bill is not merely an empowering Bill; it is a ratifying Bill which gives us a right to look into the merits of the arrangement. That is the question I rose for the purpose of discussing.

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