There have been promises made in the past, and I would suggest to the Government that they do not wait until the eve of an election before compensating these people for the damages they have suffered. The damage has already been done, and now is the time
to take care of it. I was told that last fall engineers had gone over the ground and had made some observations, with what object I do not know; but that is all we have heard about it. I should like to read an extract from a letter signed by " Observer " to the editor of the Daily Graphic, a paper published in Portage la Prairie:
The Assiniboine river is under the Dominion government, not the provincial government. This was duly evidenced during two different elections run by the late government at Ottawa, when they with great earnestness, foresight and sympathy put large gangs of men on the work of building a dyke along the Assiniboine river. The activities, however, appeared to cease on each occasion immediately after the election day was passed.
I have read that just to warn the Government that now is the time to take action, instead of waiting until the eve of an election. I want to plead for the settlers in my constituency, and I hope that the Government will see fit to help them in their extremity.
Topic: PUBLIC WORKS