And whereas the several areas proposed to be included in the said provinces are at present the property of Canada and any action by the parliament of Canada to transfer the ownership of the property to the provinces referred to will have the effect of altering the terms and conditions upon which such provinces entered confederation;
And whereas the extension of the boundaries of the said provinces northward will bring within their respective borders areas very similar to the territory comprising the northern part of the province of Saskatchewan;
And whereas under the terms of the Saskatchewan Act, the Alberta Act and the Manitoba Act, the compensation payable to the provinces in lieu of lands is based upon the principle that the Federal Government should retain control of the agricultural lands, of western Canada for colonization and immigration purposes;
And whereas the said northern part of the province of Saskatchewan is not required by the government of Canada for the purposes of carrying out its colonization and immigration
And whereas in addition to the agricultural lands there are certain natural resources within Saskatchewan which are purely of local concern and which are not required by the federal authorities for the carrying out of its colonization policy;
Therefore it is resolved that in the opinion of this House the government of Saskatchewan should proceed with negotiations with the federal authorities for the purpose of having transferred to the province all that part of the hinterland of Saskatchewan, together with all natural resources of purely local concern contained within the province, not required for colonization and immigration purposes.
2. Is it not a fact that in the statement of policy of the Dominion Conservative party, promulgated by Mr. Borden in 1907 and known as the Halifax platform, the following appears as paragraph fifteen:
* The restoration of the public lands to the provinces of Alberta and Saskatchewan upon fair terms.'
3. Is it not a fact that during the Dominion election of 1911, the platform of the same party as published in western Canada contained the follawing paragraph two:
'The granting of their natural resources to the prairie provinces.'
4. Is it the intention of the government to give effect to the policy of the Conservative party as thus declared in their platform?
5. If so, will measures be submitted to parliament for this purpose during the present session ?