August 7, 1903 (9th Parliament, 3rd Session)



In regard to the statement of my hon. friend (Hon. Mr. Tarte) that it is an invasion of the Public Works Department, I may say that it is not an invasion of any department for the Minister of Finance to provide the money. I have never found that any department had the least objection to the Minister of Finance providing money. 1 am not clear that any particular department has charge of this business, but 1 may say that when the Minister of Public Works required money for the Harbour Commissioners of Montreal, a matter coming within the purview of his department, as far as expenditure is concerned, it was always the Minister of Finance who brought up the appropriation and gave him the money, so that we are simply following the same rule in this case as in Mr. BORDEN (Halifax).
other cases. My hon. friend the leader of the opposition (Mr. Borden, Halifax), whose commendation and co-operation I am glad to welcome, I am afraid connected this resolution with a matter which is a little beyond its scope when he suggested that we might make provision not only for news coming from Great Britain, but also for a supply of news from Canada to Great Britain. That is very desirable indeed.

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