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


Frederick Debartzch Monk

Conservative (1867-1942)


I do, surely, with the proposed tenure of office. Make the commissioners independent so that, during the period of construction, they shall be removable only as the judges are removable or as the Auditor General is removable, on joint address of both houses and that would be folly ; for then they will be able to act independently, and will be subject only to the control of parliament. And instead of spending $50,000 or $75,000 or $100,000 for a commission that will not be independent of the government, it would be better to organize less expensive machinery. Let three, four, or, if necessary, five, competent employees he appointed, who will have charge of the work and will report to the government. The expense would not be one-third of what it would cost under this proposal.

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