June 5, 1908 (10th Parliament, 4th Session)


Charles Lewis Owen

Conservative (1867-1942)


Why, it was only about a week ago that the Minister of Customs brought down his estimates. We held him up a week and were justified iu so doing, because he was asking for $100,000 more this year than last and could not give any satisfactory explanation what he was going to do with it. He said that a lot of men had worked overtime but he could not tell who they were or what they were doing. All he could say was that they had sent in affidavits. What kind of an explanation was that to give ? Then he wanted $50,000 more but could not say what that was for. He said it would be nice to have that amount on hand. But we do not approve of that way of voting money and the people will uphold us. Before voting money we want to know how it is going to be spent. I submit that the fault lies with the government in not having brought down its Supply Bill. How can we concur in a Supply Bill before It is submitted to us ?

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