That is what I wished to say ; and I thank the hon. gentleman (Mr. Foster) for giving me the right words. I think it will be agreed that that must be the effect of his remarks, so far as they have effect. I thought that the most regrettable feature of the argument was that which laid great stress on the assumption that the people of the west were deprived of their control of the timber, lands and minerals because these things were held in the ownership of the Dominion. The people of the west are citizens of the Dominion, and the ownership of these lands by the Dominion is not less ownership by the west than if that ownership rested with the provincial government. I think it is a pity that, in the stress of argument in this House, such ideas should be advanced, especially in the forceful, energetic and logical way which the hon. member (Mr. Foster) lias at command. It would he most unfortunate if the people of the west should be educated into the idea that in any way they were not citizens of the Dominion, sharing in all the liberties, all the rights, all the properties of the Dominion, as they certainly do. It matters not so much whether these properties are administered by the provincial or by the Dominion government, so they' be well administered, so the policy and administration is in the best interest of all the provinces. In this case it seems to me what is in the interest of the country must be in the interest of the province, and what is in the interest of the province must be in the interest of the country.
I have one criticism to offer on the point of view taken by the hon. gentleman (Mr. Foster). That point of view is the same that has been taken so persistently by our friends on the other side of the House. They insist on treating this question of ownership of the lands and dealing with the lands as a matter of revenue rather than of as a matter of development. Now, in my estimation that is where they are absolutely at variance with the whole spirit of the west. The spirit of the west is that, whether these lands are given away or sold, or whatever shall be done with them, the object and aim shall be the development of those resources, the bringing of those resources into active use ; the main object is not to derive a sum of money for their sale.