July 27, 1903 (9th Parliament, 3rd Session)


Robert Laird Borden (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. R. L. BORDEN (Halifax).

Before the Orders of the Day are called, J would ask the leader of the government whether lie has any further information to-day with regard to the proposed railway measure that we understand is to be brought down ? We had the assurance of the right hon. gentleman on Friday that to-day we would have notice of the proposed resolution, or a statement made as to some details of it at least. I would like to remind him that it is ten days to-day since we were told that the policy would be announced to the House last week, and at that time the right hon. gentleman fixed the early part of this week as the date at which we would be called upon to discuss the measure after it had been before us several days. The expectations of my right hon. friend given to the House on Friday last have not yet been realized. I would like to again ask whether or not we may expect an immediate announcement of this policy ? My right hon. friend blamed the members of the legal profession, who are members also of the government, I suppose, for the delay which had taken place up to Friday last. Surely there has been sufficient time since then to correct the defaults of these gentlemen, and that can hardly be alleged as an excuse at the present time.

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