I can tell the minister that I will get no thanks for what I have said Mr. MORIN
in the House to-night. Well, I want none. Every time I condemn unnecessary expenditure here, next day the Grits on the other side go for me, and say : Why did you say anything against that work being
uie in the province Quebec ; Ontario gets so much and the other provinces get so much, and we want to get our share. Well, the government is just squandering the money, and it would seem that all the Liberal member for a county needs to do is to ask for an expenditure, whether it is necessary or not, and he gets it. That was the policy of the previous Minister of Public Works ; I don't accuse the present minister, because he is new in the office, and I shall not hang him before giving him a trial. I have here estimates for the last seven years, and what do they show? Every year there is expenditure in the Island of Orleans, at St. Frangois, at St. Laurent and Ste. Famille. At St. Frangois the population is about 500 ; it is situated at the lower end of the island, and they have a wharf there and another one about half a mile distant. At St. Jean de Orleans and St. Laurent it is the same thing. The thing is getting ridiculous. The member for the county asks for the money and he gets it, right or wrong. Is that what Sir Wilfrid Laurier promised before he came to power? In my county, in 1895, he told the people that if he came to power his government would be a government of example. He just omitted that little word ' bad,' for since he has come to power his government has been a government of bad example. He found fault with the Conservatives spending $36,000,000 a year, but immediately on his coming to power in 1896 we voted $52,000,000 at the special session of that year ; the next year the estimates were $58,000,000, the next year $62,000,000, the next year $70,000,000, the next year $78,000,000, the next year $82,000,000, the next year $105,000,000 and this year we have $119,000,000 in the main estimates and $9,000,000 more in supplementaries already brought down, and the minister tells us there are more to come, and God only knows how many supplementary estimates he will have. The man who found fault with the late government for spending $35,000,000 or $40,000,000 is going to spend this year $140,000,000 or $150,000,000. What does that look like?
Topic: SUPPLY-CANAUIAN NATURALIZATION.