If I were to give a definition of politics, it would put my hon. friend where he rightly belongs, and show that he is not an independent member of this House, but a radical supporter of the government. I would expect better things from an hon. gentleman representing a western constituency. When the hon. member for Red Deer posed as a farmer from the west, I looked up his record to see what stand he took on a proposition introduced by the hon. member for East Grey (Mr. Sproule) in respect to bettering the condition of western farmers with regard to the meat industry. My hon. friend must know that the farmers in the west are not well treated in respect to the meat industry, that the prices to the western consumer, as to the eastern consumer, are very high. The consumers in the city of Winnipeg and other large centres of Canada are paying at this moment high prices for meat; hut when we make an investigation, we find the farmers of western Canada are receiving very small prices for their meat.
^ My hon. friend frbm East Grey (Mr. *Sproule) introduces a resolution to better that condition. What does the hon. member for Red Deer do?-on his feet, as he always is, in opposition to it, and records his vote against that proposition in the interests of the farmers of the west. My hon. friend from Souris has made out a very clear case with respect to the large wheat industry of western Canada, pointing out that the farmers are engaged extensively in the production of wheat, producing the best wheat that is to be found in the world, that when they send that wheat on its road to the English market they are confronted with the mixing of grain, the resultT of which is the cheapening of their product, and the farmers are not getting a proper price for their grain as they otherwise would if the condition with regard to elevators were correct. When this proposition was introduced to correct it, to direct the government's attention to a better condition of things, asking the government, who are responsible for legislation - in the interest of the people, to turn their attention to this very important question the first man on his feet almost in the House is the hon. member for Red Deer, saying: Oh, no, and not declaring himself in tlie interest of the western farmers, but in opposition to the proposition of my hon. friend from Souris. Therefore, I think that the hon. gentleman had better have a little searching of himself rather than that he should be directing attention so much to this side of the House and on every question giving, a lecture to 111
this side as if the members of the opposition were not able to discuss these questions or to take any interest in the affairs of western Canada at all. I am not going to discuss it farther only to say that in future I hope hon. gentlemen on the other side of the House will not bring politics into discussions of this kind. The people of western Canada will be very much surprised that when a proposition was put forth in the interest of the west, as this was by my hon. friend from Souris, these hon. gentlemen, instead of facing it as it is and discussing it on its merits, introduce party politics into the discussion and declare themselves to be the saviours of the western farmers. I am only going to make these few remarks. I shall not enter into, the discussion. The question has been very fully discussed by my hon. friend from Souris, and other hon. gentlemen on this side of the House, representing western constituencies will discuss it more fully as the debate goes on. I only wish to express my sympathy with the western farmers as they have to face grievances, and as this dilatory government are not taking care of their interests, in order to show the government and to show the right hon. Prime Minister (Sir Wilfrid Laurier) and his supporters, that whenever any proposition to help the people in the west to better their condition is presented to this House they_ can always rest assured that from this side of the House they will receive a ready and willing support.
Subtopic: CROP YEAR 1910.