Mr. FOSTER. (North Toronto).
One of the most vexed and important questions that we will have to deal with in this
House is what shall be done to eliminate the evil which is acknowledged to exist, the selfish interest. I am not prepared, at this moment, to say how far the government propose to go, that is a matter upon which I hope we shall be able to enlighten the House before this Bill is through; what we are getting by this Bill is the power to act and to operate through a commission.
This is not my Bill particularly, nor the Bill of any party; it is, as nearly as possible, a non-partisan Bill, I am its foster-father, at the present moment, but the child is much the same as when it came from its original parents; a little better dressed up tit may be hut still it is intrinsically the same child, and I take it that the parent of that child was not a Liberal government or a Liberal Conservative government, but it was the product of the conferences of all the interests in the matter after successive years of examination and discussion. This result was placed in concrete shape in the Bill which came down from the 'Senate. I do not know of any Bill that has come before parliament of recent years which comes upon a basis which more commends it to a careful, earnest, honest application of the best efforts of all of us on both sides of the House, to produce a piece of legislation which shall be acceptable to all concerned and which shall be beneficial to the country. The government are bound, by the introduction of the Bill, to steer it through the House but the government are not bigoted in this matter and for my own part I welcome the co-operation and the knowledge which so many members in this House have of this matter, I welcome and invite it in order that we may perfect the measure and make it, as I said, as good a measure as we can possibly have.
I do not think it necessary to keep you longer, I ought to apologize for having kept you so long. When I began to study this matter I found that I knew very little about it and that is what has prompted me to make a rather more extended exposition of the subject than I otherwise would have done for the benefit of members who had not paid attention to it so as to make us all more capable for the subsequent work of legislating in this matter.