They selected my political opponent, a man who had contested the election with me in that constituency, and they sent him up to Saskatoon to hear me speak at a meeting when it was known it was not possible for me to be there. Tw'o or three
hundred people gathered in Saskatoon as a result of these gatherings to discuss this question. Some have stated that I refused to attend that meeting. They moved the meeting from a church to the hotel so that I might be present after attending another meeting which was being held in the diningroom of the same hotel. I had only a few minutes to catch my train after the first meeting, so they sent a delegation up to my room. Before I left I discussed this question with them. To say that I ran away from them or did not see them is begging the question,. I saw them and discussed the whole matter with them. I explained things very much as I have explained them to-day. As was said by the hon. member for Rosetown-Biggar the other day, two or three days later the same message was broadcast by me over the province of Saskatchewan.
Do hon. members know the number of resolutions I have had sent to me from that time to this in connection with the very issue which was up at that time? I could count most of them upon the fingers of my two hands. These men are talking in terms of four or five months ago, some of them in terms of six months ago; they are not talking in terms of how the people of Saskatchewan are thinking to-day. They are talking in terms of what some people thought on the spur of the moment. The farmers of Canada know that every political opponent of this government in western Canada, whether he calls himself a Conservative, a member of the Cooperative Commonwealth Federation or anything else, had been for twelve months previous to August last parading through the province holding up the little pamphlet, which two hon. members held up in this house last session, saying that the Liberals had promised dollar wheat to western Canada. We know what the farmer is saying to-day. He is saying, "I guess after all the Liberals were right." We have had dollar wheat for the first time since the Liberals went out of office. The Liberals did not say they were going to bring back dollar wheat by some magical means; they told the people that if they put them in office they [DOT]would reestablish the confidence of the markets of the world in the fact that Canadians were going to grow wheat to sell and not to store up. One of the reasons why wheat is selling at such a high figure to-day is that a gentleman went over to Great Britain early last summer and discussed this whole question with the milling interests.
Subtopic: AMENDMENT TO MOTION OF MINISTER OF FINANCE
Sub-subtopic: CANADIAN WHEAT BOARD ACT