This is a preliminary provision for the transportation commission. Hon. gentlemen on the other side of the House laid great stress on this commission, and said that the Grand Trunk Pacific Bill should have been kept back until the report of the commission was received. Surely, these lion, gentlemen will not say that the only transportation question for the country is the Grand Trunk Pacific question ? Is there not the question of transportation by the St. Lawrence water-way ? Is there not the question of transportation by railways other than the Grand Trunk Pacific ? Is there not the question of the Ottawa and Georgian hay canal, in itself sufficient to occupy the attention of a commission ? For my part, I must say that I never took much stock in the idea of a commission, for it seems to me that the people's representatives should settle questions. But the strong opinion of the House seemed to be that there was a need for a commission. Good men have been selected, and this is a preliminary vote to pay for their services. It is not a large amount, considering the character of the work expected of them.
Amendment (Mr. Reid, Grenville) negatived ; yeas 22, nays 40.
Government of the Yukon Territory-additional amount required for expenses in connection with the administration of the Territory, $15,000 ; amount required for the maintenance and construction of roads and bridges in the Territory, $113,490 ; grant to administration of Yukon Territory for construction and maintenance of public buildings for local purposes and settlement of claims in connection with the construction of roads, $113,500-$241,990.