It may not be out of place for me to repeat exactly what I said last evening upon this question. I stated:
I wish to make the statement again that a conference was held several evenings before the 21st of February, several days before these Bills were introduced. The conference was called by Mr. Haultain and to that conference were invited, I understood, all the members of the House of Commons from the Northwest Territories, including the member for Qu'Ap-Pelle, all the senators from the Territories and there were also (present at the conference the members then in Ottawa of the Northwest government. I make the statement that Mr. Haultain told that conference that it had been suggested to him by the Prime Minister that he should endeavour to get an agreement from the representatives from the Northwest upon the boundary line between the two provinces secondly, with regard to the number of local constituencies which should be given to each province, and, thirdly, with regard to the divisions of these local constituencies.
The hon. gentlemen from the Northwest Territories who sit on the opposite side of the House have taken the position that I was making an untrue statement when I stated what I have quoted. It was so interpreted by the reporter of the Ottawa 'Citizen,' which paper this morning had the heading ' Walter Scott's statement in regard to conference flatly contradicted.' Let us begin at the beginning. We bad the statement at that conference from Mr. Haultain that be had been asked by the Prime Minister to get an agreement from all the members from the Northwest Territories with regard to these three points. Is there any hon. gentleman opposite who is prepared now to deny that statement? If so let him speak now. I make that statement now in the hearing of the Prime Minister.
Topic: PROVINCIAL GOVERNMENT IN THE NORTHWEST TERRITORIES.