February 22, 1926 (15th Parliament, 1st Session)


Willis Keith Baldwin



I will withdraw. The
only thing stronger than his language was his whiskey-tainted breath. I also learned that he was a lawyer from New Brunswick. This kind of proceeding will never make this country prosper as it should.
The hon. member for Toronto-High Park (Mr. Anderson) spoke about hydro-electric development and seemed to intimate that no one was making efforts to develop the great water-powers of this country. A company in which I am interested is proposing to develop 50,000 horse-power, and another company to which I belong is going to develop 80,000 horse-power, in accordance with the engineer's report. There has not been a hydroelectric development anywhere which has not had its power sold before the plant was completed. Hydro-electric development is making steady progress throughout this country, and no other country, according to population, is making faster progress than the Dominion of Canada. One would think a man with a great brain and intelligence like the hon. member for St. Lawrence-St. George would know better than his statements would seem to indicate, because some fifteen years ago, before electricity attained the prominence it has to-day-and it is only in its infancy yet- he obtained control of a company by hook or by crook when he happened to be in the Rocky mountains. There is not a hydroelectric development to-day where the power is not sold with a demand for more, and that is why I am deploring the fighting that is going on in this House when great questions are crying for solution. There is the question of preventing that great country to the south of us from developing water-powers which would carry back the head waters to the city of Quebec instead of the city of Montreal; for even at the present time it is costing a tremendous sum of money to permit seafaring vessels to reach the city of Montreal. Then there is the question of the depletion of our forests, which will naturally lessen the water supply on account of the higher evaporation. There is also the matter of the United States diverting the waters of the Great Lakes to her canals and sewage systems. The settlement of these questions is being delayed on account of the discussion that is going on in this House.
As regards immigration, if hon gentlemen opposite would not say so much about conditions in Canada, as they are doing simply on account of a desire to get into power, many more people would come to this country. Capital is certainly coming in. and I am delighted to see that last week the stock exchange in Montreal-and the same thing is true of Toronto-has become just about independent of the New York stock exchange. Some hon. members opposite are endeavouring to show that we are retrogressing instead of making progress. That is not the case. We have become well known throughout the world as a great nation; we shall continue to be so notwithstanding all the things that are said against us, and this government will continue to work for the greatest good of the greatest number. Mr. Speaker, although you have called me to order, I thank you for your kindness and courtesy.

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