September 15, 1903 (9th Parliament, 3rd Session)

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The MINISTER OF FINANCE.

I was only anxious to understand my hon. friend's position. I understand, then, his position to be that in appointing all these commissions we are burdening the country with unnecessary expense, and are assigning to them duties which should be performed

by tlie ministers. That is a fair question for discussion. When the hon. gentleman says that the government have claimed .by this Bill to solve the question of transportation, he is simply inventing words for his own purpose. Nobody has claimed that the problem of transportation is solved by this Bill. So the hon. gentleman is wrong on that point. He is also wrong in assuming that the appointment of the transportation commission involved the question of another transcontinental railway. It was never intended to refer that question to that commission. The transportation commission was designed for other purposes. Hon. gentlemen opposite, in numerous speeches, and in at least one resolution, took the ground that the appointment of a commission to deal with the question of transportation was pre-eminently the proper way to deal with It. Again and again they presented that view to parliament. Yet we find my hon. friend now taking the ground that all these commissions are needless, and should not be appointed at all.

Topic:   NATIONAL TRANSCONTINENTAL RAILWAY.
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