Mr. H. LENNOX (South Simcoe).
In accordance with the motion that was carried the other day providing for the consideration of the fourth Lumsden report, and having regard to the retirement of three members of the Lumsden Committee, I propose to address a few remarks to the House this afternoon. In retiring from that committee I had in mind the extreme gravity of the situation, and I realized that we were taking a somewhat unusual course which we would not be justified in taking unless for grave and important considerations. In fact, any one who examines at all the circumstances surrounding the construction of the National Transcontinental railway must realize, as I did, that it is the duty of every member of this House, and much, more of the members of that committeei of seven, to do everything in his power to elucidate this question, and to ascertain whether there has been, as we believe there has been, gross mis-Mr. WALLACE.
management and perhaps gross dishonesty in connection with the construction of that road. The most casual investigation into the returns and the papers that have been brought down must convince everybody that the enormously increased? expenditure in the construction of that railway cannot be harmonized with any theory of honesty in the staff or ability in the management. For instance, taking up the matter of classification, let me give an illustration of how enormously rock grows:
Statement in reference to nine contracts.
Total cost under Contract Rock alone
Contract. was to be will cost.No. 4 $1,898,124 21 $1,475,480" 5
1,646,253 65 1,847,942" 8
5,011,346 00 4,318,368" 9 and 10.... 5,297,257 45 7,905,504" 11
1,691,073 41 2,336,320"12
4,'559,284 50 4,324,000" 19
5,937,208 75 5,800,000" 20
1,158,258 25 1,009.116" 21
13,010,398 92 13,012,000