April 6, 1903 (9th Parliament, 3rd Session)


The PRIME MINISTER (Rt. Hon. Sir Wilfrid Laurier).

Mr. Speaker, I have received a copy of the paper which has just been partially read by the hon. leader of the opposition (Mr. Borden, Halifax). I do not remember if any other communications have been received by the government outside of that. But, as is frequently the case, there are probably two sides to this question ; there is the side of those who oppose the concession and the side of those who favour it The government, about a year ago, amended the Treadgold concession in a manner which it was thought would be satisfactory to the miners of the Yukon. We certainly had no intention of creating a mon-oply, but we thought that by passing this concession, we were providing the miners of the Yukon with water for their mining operations. This view of the case has been controverted. There is another side to it, but no action has been taken so far, and it is not contemplated, at all events, at this moment to take any action. It may be that we will have to reconsider the action taken by the government if we find that the representations made have some foundation, but I am not prepared at this moment to say anything further to my hon. friend.

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