I desire to ask the Prime Minister whether or not serious consideration will be given to any special interest in Canada that may be affected by the proposed reciprocity arrangement should it become law? In the county I have the honour to represent there is a very strongfeeling in respect to these matters. Throughout the western part of Ontario, at the present moment, large sums of money are being subscribed to send delegations to the government to explain the position of specific interests that will be affected if these tariff changes become law. Will the government give serious consideration to the representations of these interests if they are made? I may anticipate by saying that a general answer that the government will listen to all complaints of everybody will not be quite sufficient. I want to know if the government will give serious consideration to these matters, or whether it -will be better for these gentlemen to stay at home on the ground that this proposal -will not- be changed?
I desire to ask the Prime Minister whether or not any further communication lias been sent with respect to the proposed dam across the St. Lawrence river. 1 ask this question because, as I understand it, action taken by the government at the present juncture might have considerable effect.
Before the orders of the day are called, perhaps the House will not object to listening to a resolution passed in this city at a meeting of the Ministerial Association. I do this in defence of a man who is not able to be here to defend himself.