June 4, 1908 (10th Parliament, 4th Session)


Angus Alexander McLean

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. A. A. McLEAN (Queens, P.E.I.).

Mr. Speaker, I agree with the hon. member for Gloucester (Mr. Turgeon) that the representation of the maritime provinces in this House is a question of the utmost importance. The maritime provinces are suffering under a wrong which is no fault of their own. But our constitution is not unchangeable like the laws of the Medes and Persians. We already have four amendments to the constitution made by the imperial parliament, and there is no reason why, if circumstances have changed since confederation, further changes should not be made. I think that no harm would be done by giving to the maritime provinces the same representation they had at confederation and securing it to them for all time in the same manner as such representation was secured to British Columbia when it entered confederation. I do not think it will be necessary to make a change in the representation in the upper House. It is true that the last speaker has said that the gentlemen who composed that House are supposed to be men of mature wisdom and sober judgment. The probability is that the hon. gentleman (Mr. Turgeon) fills the Bill to a T and that he looks forward, when tired of the turmoil of elections, he will take his rest in the upper Chamber.

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