terests of the country. While that may be so, it must be borne in mind, that you must give in the language that you employ, larger powers than you intend to have exercised in order that you may insure a sufficient measure of power to the body which you are investing with these responsibilities. It is because of this, that it is of the first importance when we come to constitute the tribunal itself ; when we come to determine upon the qualifications which are necessary in order that the measure generally may be successfully worked out; that we shall exercise extreme care in making these selections. It would not be possible for me, and it would not be perhaps becoming for me at this stage, before parliament "says there shall be such a tribunal constituted, to undertake to state in any definite way just what the ideas of the government are as to the personnel of the board itself. We are fully conscious that it will be necessary that there should be represented on that board a man of large legal experience who has had some knowledge of the trend and bearing of railway questions, who has followed railway legislation generally. There should be a man who should have technical knowledge of the working of railways and railway tariffs also upon the board. This is very important. It is regarded as very important in the United States, and after the long experience they have had in that country I presume their judgment may be taken as fairly sound. Outside of these two qualifications I apprehend that a wide latitude might be exercised by the government in its choice. I have noticed recently in the public press that some opinions have been attributed to me with regard to what the constitution of the board ought to be and what ought to be the avocations, of the men who are appointed on it. 1 must say that I have been quite misunderstood in these reports. If any person has had any conversation with me in respect to the subject I have not gone any further than to state in the most general way anything with regard to the technical and legal training required. Beyond that, I think the general business interests of the country should be represented ; and chiefly and prominently among these must always come the interests of the great farming community of Canada; an industry which in its importance far surpasses that of any other industry ; far surpasses the manufacturing and commercial interests great as they are and great as they will continue to be. But while that is the case it is at the same time absolutely true that the farming interests and the manufacturing and industrial and general commercial interests are a common interest after all. A man, no matter what his particular occupation might be who had a business experience might well be taken to be qualified to fill a place upon this board provided that he has a sound judgment and a calm and independent mind. In consider-9
ing this, bearing in mind that it is the strength and pressure of the public opinion which has been aroused by what the farmers of the country have felt to be their particular grievance ; having regard to the enormous extent of these interests not only in eastern Canada, but growing with such tremendous rapidity in our great west, I am satisfied that I speak with the approval of all my colleagues when I say, that the selection which we will make to occupy a place on this board, particularly in respect to the business interests of this country which are connected with transportation, will be such a selection as will commend itself heartily to the approval of the farming community, and will insure, as far as possible, the promotion and protection of their interests.