private interests within that province which ought to spend their own money to enrich themselves. It is brought in primarily to satisfy the province of Manitoba; but it is brought in, I repeat again, to satisfy a private interest and under the cloak of that, and I say that it is without a doubt nothing but a side-wind or an attempted side-wind to take from the province of Ontario that which rightfully belongs to her and to deprive the people of that province of the control of their water-powers and natural resources.
Again I refer to the boundary award. That was fought to the last djtch. In that award the province of Ontario, under Sir Oliver Mowat and the great men who surrounded him, was given the right to all those lands and the contents thereof. I repeat-and I appeal now to my hon. friends opposite who are supposed to have Liberalism in them
that this is nothing more or less than a side-wind to come back to the old fight between Macdonald and Mowat and deprive the province of Ontario of what she has fought and given her best for. I say this ought not to be allowed, and that the people of the province of Ontario will resent it in the strongest possible manner, as this Government will find out. I appeal to the Government as earnestly as I can to drop this legislation until the few months have expired which will enable this Government and the province of Ontario to get together and come to an amicable agreement which will be satisfactory to both governments and which will prejudice neither. I appeal to my hon. friends opposite, many of whom I see before me or their ancestors fought the old fight, once again to come back to the fight of the boundary award. I remember as a young lad that the first time I ever knew I was a real Grit was when that question came up and the cry was:
The traitor's hand is on thy throat, Ontario! Ontario!
Then I realized the fact that the great, strong Sir John A. Macdonald, ruling this whole Dominion, was endeavouring to take from the little province of Ontario her wealth and resources, and I said to myself, if this is Toryism, Liberalism is good enough for me. If there is one shibboleth left that remains dear to the heart of every Liberal, whether in the province of Ontario or in any other province, it is the old shibboleth of which Mowat and Laurier were the great exemplars-the old shibboleth of provincial rights and provincial autonomy.