May 23, 1901

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The PRIME MINISTER.

I think the recollection of the Minister of Railways and Canals is correct, and I think I can find the statement to which he referred.

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Robert Laird Borden (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. BORDEN (Halifax).

The.lion, gentleman (Hon. Mr. Blair) said that "the Minister of Railways and Canals at that time said that the interest would be considered at some future day.

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The MINISTER OF RAILWAYS AND CANALS.

I said that he treated it as an open question.

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Robert Laird Borden (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. BORDEN (Halifax).

No, even that is hardly correct. Mr. Weldon did make the statement that he hoped the government would give the interest next year. Sir Richard Cartwright spoke after that. But the Minister of Railways and Canals of that time said nothing.

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The PRIME MINISTER.

My hon. friend (Mr. Borden, Halifax) is quite right.

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The MINISTER OF RAILWAYS AND CANALS.

I was under the impression that the Minister of Railways and Canals 'at that time had treated it as an open question.

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The PRIME MINISTER.

Mr. Weldon was the member for St. John at that time, and he expressed the hope that in the following year the interest would be paid, but that remark was not answered at the time by any one.

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Robert Laird Borden (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. BORDEN (Halifax).

No, the next speaker was the present Minister of Trade and Commerce, who made some criticism.

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David Henderson

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. HENDERSON.

As this Bill is not now in our hands, the Minister of Finance might make a very brief statement showing the amount of money that is voted by this Bill, and also any other expenditures that have been voted, so that the country may know exactly how much money we have voted away.

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The MINISTER OF FINANCE.

My hon. friend (Mr. Henderson) is showing great lack of appreciation of the motion for which he voted yesterday, because it gave what purported to be a correct statement of these sums. Having voted for that motion, my hon. friend might, I should think, be ready to say that, from his point of view at least, it is correct. I would not like to attempt to state off-hand to a dollar the total of the appropriations made.

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David Henderson

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. HENDERSON.

We wanted to have the matter confirmed by the Minister of Finance, so that the country will have no doubt about it.

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David Henderson

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. HENDERSON.

No, there is no doubt about it. But coming from the Finance Minister it would be official.

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Robert Laird Borden (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. BORDEN (Halifax).

I think there is sufficient endorsement in the fact that the Minister of Finance did not show that any of the figures in that resolution were not literally and exactly correct.

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The MINISTER OF FINANCE.

I did not take the trouble to show that the figures were not correct, but I did try to show, and T think successfully, that the deductions were entirely erroneous.

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Robert Laird Borden (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. BORDEN (Halifax).

The hon. gentleman may have shown it very much to his own satisfaction, but I think he has hardly shown it to the satisfaction of the country.

Bill reported, read the third time, and passed.

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QUEBEC HARBOUR COMMISSIONERS.


Bill (No. 157) an Act to amend the Acts of 1899 and 1900 respecting the Quebec Harbour Commissioners.-(Hon. Mr. Fitzpatrick), read the second time, and House went into committee thereon. On section 4, The PRIME MINISTER (Rt. Hon. Sir Wilfrid Laurier) moved that the following be added as a fifth clause : That this Bin should come into force on proclamation of the Governor General in Council. Motion agreed to, Bill reported, read the third time, and passed.


May 23, 1901