Then to the eastern extension, as at first projected, my right hon. friend added the extension of the Grand Trunk Pacific as far as Moncton. All this was done in a hurry. We know to-day that the ex-Minster of Railways (Mr. Blair), was not consulted with regard to these changes. He said so last session when he gave his explanation to the House. He then said that the project had been matured, that the scheme had received its final sanction, without any previous consultation with him. Under these circumstances, it is not surprising that what the Minister of Railways of that day called a hybrid scheme, concocted to satisfy both the promoters of the Grand Trunk Pacific and the demands of politicians should have received, but an indifferent approval even from the provinces supposed to be benefited. With regard to the Grand Trunk Company itself, it is evident to-day that it never at any time looked upon the eastern section as anything else but a political burden, which it was most desirous to get rid of if possible. There is no doubt that in the province of Quebec grave doubts began to exist, and were even formulated, regarding the sincerity of the government in promising to build the easten section. In a paper which
is not unfavourable to my bon. friends opposite, appeared not many months ago, an article which was significant, stating that if in spite of the arguments in favour of the eastern extension, the government should be influenced to abandon the eastern division, then those who favoured that extension of the province of Quebec would be likely to remember that abandonment.
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