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


William Stevens Fielding (Minister of Finance and Receiver General)



We have not. There is no power under Heaven could get a dollar of that money until the votes pass through their several stages in this parliament-not only of this House but the Senate as well. When my hon. friend says that we did not bring down a Supply Bill, he is mistaken. We did some time ago. and after the usual procedure it became-law; but surely he will not seriously say that every time we pass an item we must bring down a new Supply Bill ? Such a contention is preposterous. The Supply Bill is usually brought down after we have passed all the estimates. The estimates are then consolidated into a Supply Bill which is duly presented. But the hon. gentleman assumes that the moment the Post Office items were passed we should bring down a Supply Bill, then later on bring down another Supply Bill when the Customs estimates are voted, and so on with each department. My hon. friend must see that the argument lie advances is entirely unwarranted.

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