August 21, 1903 (9th Parliament, 3rd Session)


Uriah Wilson

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. URIAH WILSON (Lennox).

not distributed like other Bills, why the resolutions were not placed on the Order paper in the ordinary way. 1 have not heard any excuse for it up to the present time, either from the First Minister, from the Minister of Finance or from the Minister of the Interior, all of whom have spoken. When the First Minister brought down his Bill to this House, he said :
To those who tell us, wait, wait, wait ; to those who advise us to pause, to consider, to reflect, to calculate and to inquire, our answer is : No.
Now, Sir, that does not seem to me to be a very sensible view to take of this great question. I think in view of the instructions of the good old hook which says that every man should be able to give a reason of the hope that is in him, we would have been in better shape to follow tjiem if he had not been keeping things so closely to himself. Then he goes on to say :
This is not a time for deliberation, this is a time lor auction. The flood tide is upon us that leads on to fortune ; if we let it pass it may never recur again.
Well, now, I would like to know what signs there are of a flood tide being upon us, or what need there is of this great hurry. I cannot see anything within the range of my vision except that these railway magnates have been chasing them up and down, here and there, and pressing their claims upon them.
If we let it pass the voyage of our national life, bright as it is to-day, will be bound in shallow's.
Well, what a pity.
We cannot wait, because time does not wait It is immediate and imperative. It is not of to-morrow, but of this day, of this hour and of this minute. Heaven grant that it be not already too late. . . . and that an ever vigilant competitor does not take to himself the trade that properly belongs to those who acknowledge Canada as their native or their adopted land.
Now, Sir, we have entered into an agreement with the Grand Trunk Pacific Company. We have agreed, as I understand, to build from Moncton to Winnipeg at govern- I ment expense, while we give a charter to the Grand Trunk Pacific to build from Winnipeg west to the Pacific coast. Now it has been presented1 to this House by several hon. members that the Grand Trunk Pacific will have their share of the road built long before the section can be built from Winnipeg to Moncton ; and it has been pointed out that there is no provision in the contract whereby the Grand Trunk Pacific will operate the eastern part of the road until it is all finished. Now the question is : What will they do with it V
Will they keep it lying idle, put the rails on, and let them rust, and have nothing to do with it ? Not only that, but the Grand Trunk Pacific will be busy gathering its

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