February 25, 1902 (9th Parliament, 2nd Session)



They might be now, and the hon. gentleman is fully within his rights in criticising them. However, the argument of the hon. gentleman amounts to the contention that under no circumstances can estimates be taken up early in the session, because the reports can only be laid upon the table of the House at the opening of the session. We went into Supply last week and no objection was taken. I do not think we should call a halt to-day and practically suspend the business of the House. I hope the hon. gentleman (Mr. Clancy) will appreciate the reasonableness of this suggestion. Should any controversial item come up, I will be glad to allow it to stand ; and if there is any information which the hon. gentleman wishes and which I cannot supply at the spur of the moment I will be very much pleased to let the item stand until I get that information. If the hon. gentleman's contention is maintained, it would mean that no work would be taken up to-day and that would be rather unfortunate.

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