Hon. W. L. MACKENZIE KING (Prime Minister):
The Premiers of the provinces of Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Alberta have been in conference with members of the Government yesterday and to-day, and progress has been made in the discussions we have had. My hon. friend from North Winnipeg (Mr. McMurray) intimated to me that he intended asking this question, and I therefore prepared and have brought with me a memorandum which will indicate the progress which has been made thus far. I may say that Premier Norris of Manitoba is obliged to return to Winnipeg to-night. The Premiers of Alberta and Saskatchewan are remaining. Our conferences so far as these two provinces are concerned will continue with them. As to Manitoba the following satement will indicate what progress has been made, up to date, between the Dominion government and the government of that province:
As between the Government of Manitoba and the Dominion Government it has been agreed,-
(1) That it is desirable and just that such adjustments be made between the Dominion of Canada and the Prairie provinces with respect to their natural resources as will give full recognition to the principle that in this respect they are entitled to be placed in a position of equality with the other Provinces of Confederation.
(2) That the Government of Canada will negotiate an agreement with the Prairie provinces with the above object in view, such agreement to be subject to ratification by Parliament and the respective Legislatures.
(3) That failing agreement on any point as between the Dominion and the Province of Manitoba all such items so in 'dispute shall be referred to arbitration.
(4) That any awards made by such arbitrators shall be subject to ratification by Parliament and the Legislature of Manitoba.