Official Report of the Debates, House of Commons Volume 3

Official Report of the Debates, House of Commons Volume 3

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1908 edition. Excerpt: ...for the Railway Commission. He had it all to himself, and he rolled up a deficit of $1,725,303. Then followed two years of apparent small surpluses. Now, I challenge these hon. gentlemen to name the appropriate committee and to go into an examination of the way the accounts have been kept under the LiberalConservatives and under this government in reference to charges to revenue and capital accounts, and they will find that these surpluses 'that they claim are surpluses they have obtained by changing the methods of keeping accounts. In the last four years of the Conservative administration the net deficit was $25,354; in the last four years of Liberal administration the net deficit was $2,755,940. In the ten years preceding 1897 the Conservatives earned, in the gr0S$. $29,500,000, they had a dencit of $3,000,000, and spent only $3,815,266 on capital account. In the ten years succeeding 1897 the Liberals earned $52,000,000, they had a net deficit of $2,974,000 and they also spent on capital account $23,269,000. This is the government that does things. This is what it did with the Intercoionial Railway. Why? The right hon. Prime Minister told the reason why. He told the people of Toronto in 1901 what the reason was. In combatting the proposal to place the Intercoionial Railway under a commission his argument was this: Mr. Haggart had charge of it and Mr. Blair had charge of it and both of them were competent men; it is not the fault in either case of the man who had charge of it; the fault is to be found in the vicious system which had been carried on in reference to the Intercoionial Railway. Yet, he sat all these years and he sits there Mr. FOSTER. to-day and the same vicious system is kept in operation and with the same damaging...
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  • Paperback | 832 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 42mm | 1,456g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236747836
  • 9781236747839