August 17, 1903 (9th Parliament, 3rd Session)


Haughton Lennox

Conservative (1867-1942)


the hon. Postmaster General (Hon. Sir William .Mulock) the other night. Suppose he says : I am going to give you, by reason of your services, $1,000 less $090. That is about the meaning of this report. Having gone over the hon. gentleman's quotations, I am inclined to think that he hardly did justice to the case. I want justice done in northern Quebec and northern Ontario, and when we read these reports the conclusion of the whole matter is that there is a good deal of pulp wood up there, that there is a chance that we can raise potatoes, that we can raise oats, and that in some regions we can raise barley, and stops there and leads to the conclusion that the conditions of northern Ontario and northern Quebec are not better than that, I protest. I believe they are better. I am not behind my hon. friend, I am ahead of him, in appreciation of the resources of this northern country ; but I say, granting all that has been said, there is no basis upon which we can form a conclusion ns to whether the possibilities of the future of that country are -such as to justify the government in rushing in with mad haste to construct an enormous work of this kind. So far I have been in harmony with my hon. friend. I see very much along the same lines as he does. I have not endeavoured to entice him from the beaten path, but my hon. friend makes a proposition here that I am inclined to agree with again. I agree with every word of it, almost ; I agree entirely with the conclusion of the matter. Let me, before referring to that, refer to a peculiar coincidence. I said that the hon. member for Alberta (Mr. Oliver)- it is only just to that hon. gentleman that I should refer to his speech or to his manuscript-divided his becauses under twenty heads. My hon. friend with whom I am dealing divides these advantages thus : 1, 2, 3, 4; then again : 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 ; then again : a, b, c, d, e, f, g; total 18. This is not quite coincident with the speech of the hon. member for Alberta (Mr. Oliver), but it shows such a remarkable family likeness as to lead one to infer that perhaps these two speeches were prepared in the same camp.
Mi'. BROCK. In the same caucus.

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