April 1, 1903 (9th Parliament, 3rd Session)


Robert Laird Borden (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. BORDEN (Halifax).

I think it is a somewhat serious matter, that an announcement of this kind should have been made by the Minister of Marine and Fisheries in Montreal, and repeated here to-night, as it has been in the presence of this House, while no announcement in the usual form has been made to parliament by the government. I would ask the Minister of Finance, in view of what the Minister of Marine and Fisheries has stated, whether or not the government is able to announce to the House any policy with regard to assistance to a transcontinental line. I think the House is entitled to that after the statement which has appeared in the public press, and after that statement has been corroborated as it has been to-night in the presence of the House by the Minister of Marine and Fisheries.

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