February 27, 1911 (11th Parliament, 3rd Session)


Wilfrid Laurier (Prime Minister; President of the Privy Council)



I trust the minister will take the House into his confidence and tell us within a few hundred thousand dollars or perhaps a million dollars what this bridge will be likely to cost the people of Canada. I took the liberty of sending the minister a memorandum the other day which intimates my personal attitude in reference to the matter and some of the information I desire. My attitude is not at present a position of hostile criticism; it is simply a request that the minister should make a comprehensive statement of all the important steps that have been taken and of the present condition of affairs. The country is anxious about this matter and it is not surprising that it should be. Without saying whose fault it was, or whether it was the fault of anybody, there is already in connection with this project, an awful lot of money at the bottom of the St. Lawrence. Under the most favourable conditions it is hard to tell which is the wisest and best course to take in such a matter, but the government plight, without militating in any way against their dignity, bring down the plans and let us have a look at them. I admit that many of us would not know a great deal about them, I certainly would not .pretend to, but we may form opinions and the expression of these opinions might by some possibility be helpful. It is not often that I agree with the ' Globe ', but sometime when I was perhaps in a better mood than usual I appear to have decided to take the ' Globe ' for a guide for once, and I read from a clipping from that newspaper the following: .

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