Hon. F. D. MONK (Minister of Public Works).
Mr. Speaker, I have no desire to detain the House at this late hour; and indeed, it seemed to me, after the full expression of my views which I gave the other day, that I would not be called upon to speak again on this subject. But, Mr. Speaker, I cannot allow the statement of my right hon. friend this evening to go unchallenged. I knew, when my right hon. friend stated the other day, with studied caution, that he had retired within the lines of Torres Vedras, that he would be chased out of those lines. I must confess that I was somewhat curious to see how he would manoeuvre. I did not for a single moment doubt that he would not, as the hon. member for Hochelaga (Mr. Coderre) has so eloquently portrayed, follow the example of the noble duke whose name is associated with Torres Vedras, but that his issuing from those lines would be coupled with a great deal of gliding and sliding. My right hon. friend, he will pardon me for saying, is getting old; we are all getting old; and he has acquired the habit of self-laudation coupled with the laudation of past times. For quite a while I have noticed that my right hon. friend, with whom my relations have always been most cordial, 'has been given to self-laudation. He is a ' laudator temporis aeti.' He has been singularly faithful to that motto. But ' pride goeth before destruction and haughty snirit before a fall,' and he has fallen into the pit this even ire.
I remember that my rjght hon. friend boasted from his place in the House that he would have a transcontinental line that would1 cost some $13,000,000 or $15,000,000, and that
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