June 5, 1908 (10th Parliament, 4th Session)

LIB

Frank Oliver (Minister of the Interior; Superintendent-General of Indian Affairs)

Liberal

Mr. OLIVER.

Well, even our own people. My idea is that the value of these concessions lay in securing a nucleus of settlement in the then far-distant, and still distant, Peace River country ; a settlement which could demonstrate by the labour and enterprise of the settlers, the agricultural and other possibilities of that vast region. Now, it seems to me that if this company can arrive at that end, whether they arrive at it or not absolutely and strictly within the letter of their agreement, I do not say that we would, but I say that we might, be justified in overlooking their failure to actually live up to the letter of their agreement, without regard to whether they were securing the settlement of repatriated citizens of Canada or the settlement of even a Canadian colony there. I would be inclined to consider them as having fulfilled the spirit of their agreement if they were successful in placing upon their land a colony of a reasonable number, that would achieve a reasonable measure of agricul-

tural success. However, I would much rather have the privilege of dealing with this question of the Peace River colonization according to the practice of the government as well understood, and place the result before the House ; otherwise our dealings may be somewhat hampered, to the disadvantage of the public interest.

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