Hon. CLIFFORD SIFTON (Minister of the Interior).
Mr. Speaker, I only received a moment before I came into the House an intimation that the hon. member for West Assiniboia (Mr. Scott) had received the telegram which he has read to us and I have not therefore had any opportunity of consulting with my colleagues in regard to the matter. I am fairly familiar with the circumstances of the country there and I know that that particular portion of the country has been occupied very largely during the last year by new settlers, especially settlers from the United States who have taken up large tracts of land in the neighbourhood of the station of Davidson to which my hon. friend refers. I fancy we will all realize that in conjunction with the efforts we are making to settle that country we ought to take such steps as are necessary to prevent any undue misfortune or event such as the failure to secure seed which would result in the efforts of these settlers being rendered entirely abortive for a whole year. I think I can safely say to my hon. friend, that, although, as I have said, I have not had time to consult my colleagues upon the subject, we will take whatever steps are necessary to see that seed grain is transported and placed within reach of these settlers.