The First Minister, in closing his remarks a short time ago, stated that if there was no seat of government to be chosen in the province, we would hear no complaint about the distribution of seats. Now let us apply a little of what I call common sense to the consideration of this question in relation to the distribution for the province of Alberta. Any hon. gentleman who has visited the Northwest Territories, especially the province of Alberta,- knows perfectly well that there are strong local jealousies in the several towns of that district. When you are at Calgary the people are to be credited for that spirit, and will tell you they have the finest city and country under the sun and they advocate Calgary as the seat of government. When you pass along to Red Deer they say they have got the finest country, and that Calgary or Edmonton are not in it with Red Deer. So it is when you reach Edmonton. Now they are to be 'credited for that spirit, and I have no fault to find with it. But knowing that to be true, and knowing that a government seat is to be chosen for the new province of Alberta, it is evident that great efforts will be put forth by the people of these three towns to obtain the government seat. That is common sense, that is perfectly true, and no man can deny it. Now at the time these schedules were to be prepared. in whose hands were they placed ? They were placed in the hands of two gentlemen, one representing Edmonton (Mr. Oliver) and the other Strathcona (Mr. Talbot).
Mr. -SCOTT. Not at first, but in the hands of Mr. Haultain.
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