The hon. member for St.
James says that that is all right. Well, that may be the political standard of our friends of the Liberal party, but I hope the Conservative
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party will never adopt it. Such a principle of action is ruinous to the country, for it corrupts the people; it causes men to seek office by promising all sorts of things to the electorate, instead of basing their appeal upon the enactment of legislation for the general welfare of the Dominion. It is a poor exhibition of statesmanship-in fact it is not worthy of the name of statesmanship. I take another quotation from this interesting report. It relates to the alternative vote.
Mr. Kang said that had the alternative vote been adopted Liberals would have had advantages in a number of three-cornered fights, "but." he added, "I am coming to see more dearly that the alternative vote will help to perpetuate the group system, and I believe the group system of government bad."
He believes it is bad-that was in October last. Now that the election is over he comes right back to practise what he then believed to be bad. He joins with the Progressive group and promises the single alternative vote to maintain himself and his government in power against the clearly expressed opinion of the majority of the electorate.
Now, Mr. Speaker, I have referred to these things because they are a sample of the campaign generally which was carried on last October, I believe that the questions and answers contained in this report of the Saskatoon meeting are very significant, particularly the question, "How many miles per member will you complete?" I think it aptly expresses the policy of the government in this present parliament. The Speech from the Throne discloses beyond doubt to any reasonable man who understands the great questions of the day that the whole purpose of the government's action is to seek the support of the Progressive members in order to maintain itself in power. In other words, the government is carrying out the policy of "How many miles of railway per member will you complete?" They have now got the support of twenty-four Progressive members. Just how many remaining miles of the Hudson Bay railway will be built? Well, the Prime Minister has run in Prince Albert in the meantime, and no doubt the whole road will be completed. You will observe, Sir, that in Saskatoon the question of the Hudson Bay railway was paramount; the report does not reveal any other subject of discussion. In Vancouver the question was freight rates, while in some other cities it was low tariff. I refer to these matters because I believe that instead of creating that unity of spirit and of action and promoting that good will among our confederated provinces which every true Canadian should try to foster, this temptation of yielding to the demands of certain sections
of the country in order to secure votes is bad for the Dominion and must inevitably bring about sectional ill-will and disunion.
I purpose now to deal with that portion of the Speech from the Throne relating to the transference of the natural resources to the province of Alberta, namely:
Your attention will be invited, among other measures, to a bill to (provide for the transfer to the province of Alberta of its natural resources.
I recall to Your Honour that in the Speech from the Throne of 1922 a declaration was made that their natural resources would be handed back to the three western provinces. In keeping with the general sluggishness of the government, nothing at all was done to redeem that promise, but now, at this critical moment, when the government's fate depends upon the Progressive members, several of whom come from Alberta, the government suddenly awakens to the realization that it is in the best interests of western Canada to hand back their natural resources to those provinces. I wonder why the government has not come to an arrangement with the province of Manitoba, which has sent a number of Conservative members to this House? Those who have made a study of this question, particularly those who have read Mr. Chester Martin's little book, will undoubtedly agree that there are strong reasons why the province of Manitoba should receive its natural resources just as well as the province of Alberta.
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