April 12, 1901 (9th Parliament, 1st Session)


William Forsythe McCreary


Mr. WM. F. McCREARY (Selkirk).

I have understood, Mr. Speaker, for the last ten days that the hon. member for Lennox (Mr. Wilson) was likely to speak on the question of immigration, and us I have a quantity of data from which I could have spoken in probably more detail, I regret that I have not been able to collect these papers for the present occasion. I think, however, Sir, that I will be able to show the House that some of the remarks of the hon. gentleman (Mr. Wilson) are absolutely without foundation. In the first place, I do not know that there is any more important subject that could be brought to the attention of this parliament than the question of immigration. It has been recognized as such by both political parties for many years. When during this session two or three weeks of valuable time were expended in discussing the tariff, I thought that while that might be an important matter, yet there were other matters of equal importance to the west especially, to which very little time or attention is given. When the Hon. Sir Charles Tupper and other hon. gentlemen were, in 1881, urging the Canadian Pacific Railway syndicate bargain to the favourable consideration of parliament, one of their strongest arguments was that the Canadian Pacific Railway and the government would fill up with settlers our great territories in the west. And while we are proud of possessing that line of steel that connects one province of this Dominion with the other; while we are proud of pointing to the Canadian Pacific Railway as a great

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