January 28, 1913. I
contend that that is not fair. I contend that, if we are to have a protective system in this country, it ought to be fair and equitable to all. interests and there is no just ground why the farmers should have to grow and sell their corn in the open market, when the United States produce seven-eighths of the corn crop of the world, and when every other product which the farmer raises, is entitled to, and does receive, the advantage of tariff protection.
In looking over the political history of this country during the last fifteen years, I would say that the greatest weakness in the Government has been that it has practically been one mam government. I understand party government to be organized public opinion and that members are elected to this House because they represent the majority of public opinion in the particular district from which they come. Upon this point the Hon. Edward Blake said:
I understand it is the duty of the leader to be, as far as possible, the leader of the whole party, and not of any section. It is a part of
It is very much to be regretted that the Government has been hampered in its measures for the benefit of the whole country by the opposition of the Senate of Canada. I regret that the Senate has seen fit to defeat the Highways Bill, but I remember the words of Edward Blake:
You might as well ask a wolf to select a sheep dog to protect the sheep from the ravages of the wolf, as to ask the Senate of Canada as it is now constituted to do their duty to this great country, or the Empire, if they thought such a course would militate, against the poli-such a course would militate against the poli-mons.
That is a reasonably good showing for any Government to make in the short period of two years. It is no exaggeration to say that the present Administration is endeavouring to the best of its ability to carry into effect the will of the people of this country. The Premier of this country, the Right Hon. R. L. Borden, issned a < manifesto in which he set forth his policy. Upon that policy he was elected, and he has consistently, honestly, conscientiously, intelligently .and to the best of his ability endeavoured to carry into effect that which he promised the people before the election of 1911. I believe the people will accept what he has done as in their best interest, and will agree that he is giving .an honest and conscientious administration.