I will stand by what is fair and square, but will oppose him or any one else when I think it is right to do so. What I wish to say is this: Some hon. members on this side of the House, as well as on the other, were under the impression that I was trying to dictate to the Minister of Railways and the General Manager of Government Railways that a certain man should be promoted to a vacancy on the Intercolonial. I do not think that I have any right to dictate; I might suggest whom they might promote. But I say that we have as good men in Nova Scotia and New Brunswick as can be obtained anywhere else; they have proved themselves to be so.
All I need do is to point to Mr. McDougall, General Manager oi the Dominion Coal Company, who has been promoted step by step from boy to general manager, and has made good. In his speech yesterday, the junior member for Halifax (Mr. A. K. Maclean) referred to a constituency in Nova Scotia as to which he said the people did not know whether it was represented in this Parliament or not. If he was alluding to the county of Colchester, I can tell him that the people of that county are well satisfied with the way they are being represented, and they do know that they are being represented here at the present moment. I am not saying this boastfully; I am simply stating what I know to be a fact.
Before taking my seat I should like to correct the statement of the hon member for St. John (Mr. Pugsley), who said that this passenger agent was discharged. He was not discharged, but superannuated, and Mr. Malanson, Assistant Passenger Agent, was appointed in his place and has made good. I will say this for Mr. Hayes of the Intercolonial Bailway: as far as I know,
he has not brought in a single man from another road to fill a vacancy on the Intercolonial, tout has promoted men from the ranks, and I am sure that if Mr Guteliue will follow the same policy in his management of the road, and will promote the men we have in New Brunswick and Novia Scotia, a better spirit will prevail amongst the employees of the road.
Subtopic: GOVERNMENT RAILWAYS-PROMOTION OF EMPLOYEES.