Mr. O. S. CROCKET (York, N.B.).
I desire to endorse the resolution moved and so ably supported by my hon. friend from Cumberland (Mr. Rhodes). There is undoubtedly a general feeling throughout the maritime provinces that those provinces have been ignored in the advertising propaganda which has been carried on by the Immigration Department of the Federal government within the 'last ten or twelve years, and that the efforts of the department have been too exclusively devoted to the booming of the west.
There is no objection in the east to the freest and most generous advertising of the resources of the prairie provinces, or to the 'employment of all legitimate means to attract desirable settlers to that section of the country. But we feel in the east that the efforts 'and the energies of the Immigration Department should not be wholly devoted to that purpose, as they have been in the past, and that the maritime provinces, which are seeking more population and which have equally 'attractive and more varied opportunities to offer for settlement, should now be given equal attention. At the present time, I may say that there is in the province of New Brunswick a feeling of optimism and hopefulness with respect to our future development that has not, I think, been equalled in any previous period of our history. For a long time that progress was not made which we would like to have seen, in agriculture particularly, in consequence largely of the fact that the valley of the St. John river, which traverses 7 of the 15 counties of the province from the Quebec boundary in the north to the Bay of Fundy in the south, and which contains the most fertile and productive lands within the province, has been deprived of very necessary transportation facilities. Now, however, that the construction of that great public work has been assured by the joint action of the provincial government of New Brunswick and the present Federal administration, a fresh impetus has been given to the whole of that section of our province, agriculturally , commercially and industrially. To-day the attention of the whole population has 'been fixed as it never has been before upon the extent and variety of our natural resources, and the unexcelled opportunities *and advantages which New Brunswick offers for expansion and development. Only recently I had the pleasure of listening to an address delivered before the Fredricton Board of Trade by Mr. Palmer, of the ' Financial News,' of London, Eng., ia very illuminating and encouraging address with respect to the resources of tlie province of New Brunswick. He stated that he was more impressed with the possibilities 'and resources of that province than with those of any country he had 'ever visited, and he had travelled over the whole of Canada three or four times. Therefore I say that in the province of New Brunswick at the present time the people 'are particularly hopeful and optimistic with regard to our future development. We have iin that province valuable fisheries, we have iron deposits, we have coal fields, we have oil wells and water-powers, and ia wealth of timber resources which is equalled by few of the provinces of this confederation, and a soil adapted for fruit growing and profitable mixed farming. In addition to all these things, we have the principal ocean port of the Dominion of Canada. All that we need at the present time is more population, and in order to get that we only need to make oetter known the resources of that province to the intending emigrant in the old world and in other countries. I am sure that this government will do its utmost in that respect. What we desire in New Brunswick is that the Immigration Department of this, government will cooperate to this end with the provincial authorities to a greater extent than it has done in the past. I a,m already assured that the government will do so, and that the result wild be that within the next ten years we will have 'the greatest development in New Brunswick that has ever been known in the history of that province.
Subtopic: POPULATION OF CANADA BY PROVINCES.