March 11, 1902 (9th Parliament, 2nd Session)


William Findlay Maclean

Independent Conservative


But the hon. gentleman belongs to an economical government, and they are charged with the administration of tiie public affairs to the best interests of the country.. If it is wrong, as he confesses it is, to pay this large amount in rents and to have the public affairs administered in this extravagant way, he is guilty of maladministration. He is charged by the people to effect the best possible administration, and if it is necessary, to build new buildings and get better value for our money. We are paying him and we are paying the government for that purpose, and we expect them to conduct the public service in the best possible way for the smallest amount of money. I do not like to hear these confessions that are being repeatedly made by the ministers that they are doing something that is not in the public interest. They should bring forward a proposition that is in the public interest, and they should cease the extravagance under which public affairs are now being administered.

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