Thomas Walter SCOTT

SCOTT, Thomas Walter

Personal Data

Party
Liberal
Constituency
Assiniboia West (Northwest Territories)
Birth Date
October 27, 1867
Deceased Date
March 23, 1938
Website
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thomas_Walter_Scott
PARLINFO
http://www.parl.gc.ca/parlinfo/Files/Parliamentarian.aspx?Item=21e66c9f-80d0-4275-bfd5-c4c5d918080a&Language=E&Section=ALL
Profession
journalist, printer

Parliamentary Career

November 7, 1900 - September 29, 1904
LIB
  Assiniboia West (Northwest Territories)
November 3, 1904 - September 17, 1908
LIB
  Assiniboia West (Northwest Territories)

Most Recent Speeches (Page 1 of 202)


June 22, 1905

Mr. SCOTT.

No; if my hon. friend had been listening to this discussion, he would have known that the boundary lines between the provinces had not been drawn nor had the number of constituencies been settled which each province should have. The First Minister asked Mr. Haultain if he had any suggestion to make with regard to these three points and if he would furnish them to the government; First, with regard to the dividing lines ; second, with regard to the number of seats in each legislature ; and thirdly, the schedules in each province. Mr. Haultain called his conference, and it was held, but he failed to propose any plan to the First Minister. What then was the government to do? Mr. Haultain had failed, and the First Minister had to take some other method to procure a decision with respect to these several matters.

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June 22, 1905

Mr. SCOTT.

Will my hon. friend (Mr. Foster) permit me to say that we were told at the conference to which reference has been made by the premier of the Northwest Territories that he had been asked by the Prime Minister to get an agreement first about the boundary line between the provinces and next about the number of constituencies which should be apportioned to each province, and also to furnish the Prime Minister with the schedules for each province. The premier of the Territories, Mr. Haul-tain, came to the conference and suggested that we should help him* in furnishing these schedules and help him to come to the conclusions that he might give to the government in regard to these matters.

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June 22, 1905

Mr. SCOTT.

I understand that one or two Liberal papers in southern Alberta have made such statements, and against these we place the statements made with equal force .by Conservative newspapers; the Edmonton 'Journal,' for instance, one of the rankest of the Tory organs in the Territories made a statement to the very opposite effect. We come down to this point now, that our friends opposite are unable to support their contention that an outrage has been perpetrated by any other argument than that members on this side of the House are practically wholly responsible for these plans of distribution. I made the statement that the leader of the government suggested to Mi-. Haultain-who is certainly not a Liberal and who is certainly not prejudiced against the gentlemen opposite-I made the statement that Mr. Haultain was asked by the leader of the government to take the responsibility of getting an agreement, and Mr. Haultain called that meeting to get such agreement. My hon. friend from Qu'Appelle says he never heard anything about any suggestion for an agreement with regard to the constituencies. Who is responsible for that ? The leader of the government is not responsible; we are not responsible; I fancy that responsibility will have to fall upon his friend Mr. Haultain, who certainly received the suggestion from the leader of the government and called a meeting for that purpose. If my hon. friends from Alberta and Calgary never heard of the suggestion, as I understand they contend, it must be their friend Mr. Haultain who neglected to follow the suggestion that was made him by the leader of the government.

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June 22, 1905

Mr. SCOTT.

We have the fact admitted then that the Prime Minister as head of this government did desire, not to perpetrate something in a hole and corner with regard to redistribution and force it upon the country, but that he did desire that the Northwest members, representing both political parties, should arrive at an amicable arrangement with regard to these points. My hon. friends opposite are not so fast in making denials now as they were last evening and the evening before. Let me tell them that when we get out into the Northwest Territories they will have some trouble in denying many of the statements they have made in this House and in certain districts in this country. My hon. friend from Qu'Appelle (Mr. Lake) will have some explanations to make when we get out into the Territories on these different matters.

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June 22, 1905

Mr. SCOTT.

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.

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