Mr. W. B. NORTHRUP (East Hastings).
Whether the change of portfolios that followed the return of the right hon. the Prime Minister from the motherland, be for the weal or for the woe of this country, at all events I think that on this side of the House we can congratulate hon. gentlemen opposite and congratulate the country that to-day, through this discussion, we for the first time since 1896, have been able to form a fairly intelligent opinion as to the fiscal policy of hon. gentlemen opposite. When the Prime Minister was speaking this afternoon, and when the Minister of Finance also spoke, for the first time I think we got an accurate definition, not only of what their policy was not, but also of what it is, when we were told that the government had not come to any definite decision as to the future, and that therefore the late Minister of Public t\ orks was wrong in discussing fiscal questions before the country. We were informed by the Prime Minister that after six years tenure of office the party in power have not yet come to any conclusion as to whether protection or free trade is the proper fiscal policy for this countrv, and therefore they had not formed any
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