I am sorry if I have conveyed any impression that the hon. member was criticizing the Maritime provinces more than any other. He did think however that there were special circumstances and conditions that may have called for larger expenditures in certain constituencies than were usual in other times and he intimated that they were for political purposes. Now, I have here a letter dated December 28, 1912, which I shall read to the committee:
Ottawa, December 28, 1912.
My dear Sir,
Your letter of the 24th instant addressed to the Minister of Public Works received, and, in accordance with your request, I am enclosing you herewith a list of the items which have been placed in the supplementary estimates for Antigonish county for 1913-14. -
To Hon. E. L. Girroir, Senator,
This gentleman was secretairy to the Minister of Public Works at '.hat time and that list of supplementary estimates for Antigonish amounted to $211,300, as much as the total vote provided in the estimates this afternoon for the province of New Brunswick.
Topic: PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT