April 10, 1905 (10th Parliament, 1st Session)

LIB

William Stevens Fielding (Minister of Finance and Receiver General)

Liberal

Mr. FIELDING.

The very clear and emphatic statement of the ex-Minister of Railways (Mr. Haggart), whom I may speak of as the railway expert of the Conservative party, has one advantage. It places matters very plainly before us from his point of view, and serves to disabuse the public mind of an idea, which, I think, has prevailed to a large extent. That idea is that it was the policy of the Conservative party, had it been returned to power at the last, general election, to acquire the Canada Atlantic Railway and extend the Intercolonial by that connection to Georgian bay, and that the failure of this government to so acquire the Canada Atlantic Railway was a grave mistake. It is always a fair matter of opinion whether these railway extensions are desirable or not ; but, in this instance, we have now, from the railway expert of hon. gentlemen opposite, a clear and emphatic statement, so far as he has a right to voice the opinion of the opposition-

Topic:   INTERCOLONIAL RAILWAY-RUNNING
Subtopic:   RIGHTS OYER CANADA ATLANTIC RAILWAY.
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