April 17, 1923 (14th Parliament, 2nd Session)


Leon Johnson Ladner

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. L. J. LADNER (Vancouver South):

Mr. Speaker, I desire to add a very few words in support of the resolution. The last speaker (Mr. Speakman) is much concerned about what he calls the attack on the Crowsnest pass agreement. The resolution before the House is not an attack upon the advantages which the prairie provinces have received under that agreement; it is an effort to appeal to the justice of parliament for the same advantages and the same principles to be extended to the other partners in confederation. That is the whole proposition in a sentence. I venture to say that every member from British Columbia, faced with the issue involved in this resolution and unable to avail himself of any subterfuge, would have to support the resolution, because the 600,000 citizens of our province appreciate the injustices w'hich have been perpetrated upon them in the past, either by chance or by design. The government last year did play politics, and now they are reaping the retribution of their wrongdoing. Until they rectify the mistake they made then, they will find themselves in continuous hot water from Halifax to Vancouver.

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