I did not know that my
leader was going to make the suggestions he has, in fact, I did not know that he was going to take part in the discussion at all. I appreciate what he has said, and I appreciate *particularly his final suggestions. I think it is an eminently fair suggestion to allow the matter to remain in abeyance for this year, try out the new system of commissioners and the operation of the act as amended, and then if it be found to be absolutely necessary for the good of the grain trade of Canada to do this thing the city of Fort William will have been given notice that it will have an opportunity to appear and state its ease.
The people of Fort William did not know, nor did I know until very recently that there was any likelihood of a change being made; it was understood that there was no likelihood of a suggestion being made in that regard at all. I think the leader of the opposition has made a fair suggestion. This is not a political matter; if it were a political matter it might be better for my purposes to have the office moved and then I could blame the government for doing that. I am not anxious for any political advantage, I only desire that the city of Fort William shall be properly treated. The people of that city have lost considerable money through this deal and they feel that they should not be mulcted of any more.