April 25, 1917 (12th Parliament, 7th Session)


John Dowsley Reid (Minister of Customs)

Conservative (1867-1942)


I was going to say that when the Liberals came into power they at once decided to make a change. Mr. Pottinger was not considered by them tp be qualified to run the road. Although there are in New Brunswick and Nova Scotia men with as much brains as in any other part of Canada, although there were men on the Intercolonial who had served from boyhood up, yet, instead of taking a man with brains from Nova Sootia or New Brunswick, they went to the Grand Trunk and took Mr. Harris as general manager of the Intercolonial. Where were the men with brains from Nova Scotia or New Brunswick at that time? The Liberals then showed that, so far as they were concerned, they had to go outside of Nova Scotia and New Brunswick to get a man to operate the Intercolonial, and they went to the Grand Trunk railway. They were not satisfied with Mr. Harris and they put back Mr. Pottinger whom they had been condemning for fifteen or twenty years. But again Mr. Pottinger was not satisfactory. Why? Because they wanted to run the road politically. Then they wanted some more men with brains. Did they go to Nova Scotia or New Brunswick? They came right up to Ontario and went to the Canadian Pacific Railway and took Mr. Brady off the Canadian Pacific and made him superintendent of the Intercolonial. Although the hon. member for Carleton stated a few moments ago that they could produce men in Nova Scotia and New Brunswick who had been serving on the Intercolonial for many years and who were competent to act as superintendent, they went to the Canadian Pacific Railway and took Mr. Brady.

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