May 23, 1901 (9th Parliament, 1st Session)


Nathaniel Clarke Wallace

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. N. CLARKE WALLACE (West York).

The hon. member for Huntingdon is making a very good start, though late In the session, for he has occupied the floor three times within the last hour. He thinks that the new members have not had a fair show in this House, and that the older ones have been monopolizing the time. Well, in one short afternoon and evening, a few days ago, we put through estimates amounting to $3,000,000, and all the eloquence we could get from our good friend from Huntingdon and his colleagues surrounding him was the cry of 4 carried,' even before the item was read by the chairman. When we perform our duty on this side by trying to get information on this enormous expenditure of the people's money, we are met with the criticism that we are occupying the time of the House. But I do not think that an afternoon and an evening are too long a time in which to put through millions of dollars of railway subsidies. " Taking the supplementary estimates of Public Works and further suppleinen-taries. we have voted for the expenditure from now until the 1st July, three and three-quarter million dollars.
We have voted in the first supplementary estimates eight millions and three-quarters and afterwards one million and a quarter, making over $13,000,000 of supplementary estimates, besides the main estimates ; and our good friend from Huntingdon has nothing but censure for those who consider it to be their duty to expose, as we have done in many instances, and as we have failed to in hundreds of other instances, the iniquitous votes. These were thrust upon us in the dying hours of the session, and forced through by the government in contradiction of all the rules of parliament and of statements they made when in opposition, especially the statement of the Minister of Trade and Commerce, who declared that *ample time should be given for the consideration of supplementary estimates and railway resolutions, and that full information should be laid on the Table of the House with regard to them. But this was not done. The Minister of Railways and Canals refused to lay a single paper on the Table of the House, though he had them in his hand, except a bogus map of northwestern Ontario, which 1 have carefully preserved, because I think it is a historical document, made not by the government nor by anybody who dared to put his name upon it as the publisher or as being responsible for it. That is the only information in an official form which we got for the votes of these many millions of dollars. So that whatever censures these gentlemen may make upon this side of the House, we have the consciousness of having endeavoured to

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