As regards the trans-continental line, I repeated generalities. 1 said that everybody admitted that a second transcontinental line was necessary. Everybody seemed to have that opinion and of course if a transcontinental line was built it stood to reason the government would have to consider the claims of any company that would construct that line in the same liberal way as other lines had been constructed in the past. I did not go any further than these announcements, and these announcements were no secrets. They were known all over the country since the speech from the Throne was delivered at the opening of this session, and I do not see that there is any reason for making such a fuss about them.
April 1, 1903 (9th Parliament, 3rd Session)
Topic: TRANSPORTATION COMMISSION AND TARIFF INQUIRY.