There were a good many
practices which developed after confederation in the matter of public expenditures that we would do well to reconsider to-day. Up until the war the revenues of Canada were pretty buoyant, and the voting of a few million dollars more or less annually by the House was not of very much consequence. I submit, however, that the situation is wholly different to-day. It is not too much to say that this country to-day is groaning under a burden of taxation and it behooves every member of this House to endeavour to curtail public expenditures in every way possible.
I submit again that the policy of taking money out of the pockets of the taxpayers of Canada to build warehouses for the benefit of private business interests is an unsound policy.
If we do it in this case why not provide such a facility at every other point where it is desired? I submit that if the government does the dredging, or provides a wharf or docks, at Blind River, the people who benefit from that work ought surely to build the warehouse.