May 14, 1903 (9th Parliament, 3rd Session)

CON

Frederick Debartzch Monk

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. MONK.

I think that we should encourage the building of dry docks, but under the provision of this resolution, it will be in the power of the government to grant very large amounts of public money without the special authorization of parliament. I would invite my hon. friend to consider that point when framing his Bill. For instance, when this resolution becomes law, the government will be empowered to grant over $2,000,000 of public money without the special authority of parliament- $30,000 a year for twenty years. And as the construction of these docks may become frequent, although we are proceeding on a law which has been in force a number of years, I think that it is worthy of consideration whether it is prudent to give such a very large power of disposing of public funds to the Governor General in Council.

Topic:   QUESTIONS.
Subtopic:   CONSTRUCTION OF DRY DOCKS-GOVERNMENT AID.
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