AATe had a good deal of discussion this afternoon and many brave statements were made by hon. gentlemen opposite. A\re bad very similar statements made last year. AYe had a number of fingers pointing across the floor of the House then as they were pointing across this afternoon and from month to month in 1901 and during the previous session of 1903 hon. gentlemen said: Only dare to come down
to the people; only dare to do it. AYell, the government did dare do it and the result is as I have said, that in British Columbia there were seven Liberals returned and not a single Conservative, in the Northwest Territories seven Liberals, with a majority averaging a little over 1,200, as against three Conservatives barely squeezed in, and in Manitoba seven Liberals as against three Conservatives. And when we got before the people their complaint was that we had taken them unawares. Let the hon. member for East Elgin (Air. Ingram) not concern himself. Whether a new Minister of the Interior is selected from British Columbia or the Northwest Territories or Manitoba, I venture to say that the government will be able to carry the election of such a minister in whatever district they may choose to -select him from.
Some references have been made to Air. Bulyea, the colleague of Air. Haultain. Some serious insinuations have been made against Air. Bulyea. Some were made by the hon. member for North Toronto (Air. Foster) a few days ago. He insinuated, Mr. SCOTT.
and because no direct denial was made he took it as an admitted fact, that Air. Bulyea had been, as he put it colleaguing with the right hon. Prime Alinister and the Liberal members from the Territories apart from Air. Haultain. I think I am revealing no secret when I say that I have been present at no conference at which the right hon. Prime Alinister was present and at which Air. Bulyea was present. We have had numberless conferences with the Prime Alinister and his colleagues, but at none of these conferences was Air. Bulyea present. Let me turn that proposition around. I am sorry that the hon. member for North Toronto is not here. Is there anybody here who is prepared to state-
An hon. AIEAIBER. The hon. member for North Toronto did not make that statement at all.