April 7, 1904 (9th Parliament, 4th Session)


Mr. T.@

sider the enormous value which these great seaports on the Atlantic coast have for this country ? Do they stop to consider the enormous amounts of money which have been spent by other countries to construct artificial seaports when we have them naturally ? When the maritime province members put forward their first fight for the extension of this road to those provinces, I am glad to say that we had the assistance of very many of the hon. gentlemen who sit on the opposite side of the House ; but afterwards these hon. gentlemen turned completely on their tracks, and they have since opposed us with all their might and main. I understand that their object in supporting us in the first instance was this. They thought that if the government compelled the Grand Trunk Pacific to have its terminal point in the maritime provinces, it would kill the whole scheme. I say we of the maritime provinces had the right to expect, and iVe did expect to receive the full support of the representatives of the maritime provinces who sit on the other side of the House, and we were disappointed when we found them seceding from the position which they had taken. Especially had we the right to expect the hearty co-operation of the hon. leader of the opposition, who represents the city of Halifax, a constituency which is more 'interested than any other in the whole Dominion in the construction of this road. I was disappointed, Sir, that we did not receive that assistance. I was disappointed when he told this House the other day that he would go down to the province of New Brunswick and would have surveys made there, anil that if a line of railway could be obtained, be was willing that it should be constructed, if thereby the maritime provinces could get a better ' fighting chance.' That is not sufficient for us, Mr. Speaker. We have a right to the same chances down there that the people have in other parts of the Dominion, and I am glad to bear testimony that from all the gentlemen on this side of the House, be they from British Columbia or the great west or Ontario or Quebec or the maritime provinces, we have received the full measure of support and recognition of our rights.
Now, Sir, when this contract was first brought down during the last session, the m was a measure of disappointment visible upon the countenances of my hon. friends opposite. That disappointment was occasioned by the fact that the contract was so much more favourable to the Dominion than they had anticipated, that they could scarcely believe their ears when it was read to them.

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