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


Robert Laird Borden (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. BORDEN (Halifax).

The hon. gentleman's memory may be better than mine, hut my impression is that it was during the progress of the Bill. My hon. friend, the Minister of Finance, in referring to the transportation commission, seems to think that the object of that commission does not involve to any extent matters which are dealt with in this measure. He is absolutely mistaken. The terms of the Order in Council provide for a transportation commission of the widest possible character, sufficiently comprehensive to include the very measure we are dealing with to-day. There cannot be any doubt about that. The words themselves havp been read so frequently that it would be wearisome to read them again, but I have them here under my hand. The criticism of my hon. friend from Jacques Cartier (Mr. Monk) is this, that while you are proposing to spend a large amount on this transportation commission, you are, without waiting for the report of that commission, going to deal with one of the most important questions with which it can be concerned. In other words, you are spending an enormous sum for the purpose of getting certain information on a subject of the most vital importance, and at the same time you are going to deal in advance with certain matters as to which the report of the commission will be most valuable, if it is a fair criticism, and I do not think my hon. friend the Minister of Finance understood it exactly in the way it was intended, if he put any different meaning upon it. ,

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