September 23, 1903 (9th Parliament, 3rd Session)


Bennett Rosamond

Conservative (1867-1942)


I may say to the hon. .gentleman that not to know Mr. Meighen is to argue himself unknown. He is a shrewd, capable man, thoroughly versed in transportation matters and ajlil questions connected therewith, and I would place a thousand times more dependence on statements lie made in that connection than 1 would on the opinion of the so-called expert of the government. I was astonished the other day when I heard the leader of the House point to the hon. member for North Norfolk as the greatest expert on railways and transportation matters in the Dominion. I could hardly believe my ears when I heard him make such a statement, but we can easily see that the hon. member for North Norfolk is doing his best to live up to that character, because he has been making some of the most remarkable statements, and statements which do not do much credit to his intelligence. Ever since we had that declaration from the leader of the government, I have been expecting to hear of the hon. gentleman's promotion to the vacant Department of Railways and Canals. At a very early hour the other morning, in a speech which I then made, but which was not repoited at the time, I put the question to the Finance Minister whether the hon. member for North Norfolk had been promised the vacant portfolio, but I did not get a very satisfactory answer.

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