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


Thomas Simpson Sproule

Conservative (1867-1942)


The government are charged with the duty of building the eastern section of the railway and employ commissioners to build it. These commissioners must be the servants of the government, Hon. Mr. FIELDING.
because the government appoints them and can discharge them and can stop operations whenever they see fit. Besides any contract let by these commissioners for over ten thousand dollars must be subject to the approval of the government. In every sense they are the servants of the government. That being the case, in what position will the government find themselves when they come to determine whether or not the government is importing stuff free to build that road. If the commissioners are only the servants of the government, it is the government who are building the road.

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