If the hon. the Finance Minister were to _ single out a few other sources from which such a contribution could come, we must draw a reasonable inference as to the source of that fund.
On the same day,, July 24, the hon. member for Westmoreland (Mr. Emmerson), speaking in this House, made the following statement to which I wish to take exception:
My hon. friend has said that beoause this member or that member has not spoken there is some doubt as to his convictions. I would be very sorry to be judged from that standpoint. My hon. friend from Pictou (Mr. Macdonald) did not speak, it is true, in this House on the question of reciprocity. I did not speak, but I would not wish my views to be judged from that fact. I do know that the hon. member for Pictou (Mr. Macdonald) during the month of June spent practically all his time campaigning, not only in Pictou, but in every county of the province of Nova Scotia. Doing what? Advocating reciprocity.
I know positively that he did not speak in any one of the counties of Cape Breton, Colchester, Digby, Cumberland or Halifax. He did speak in his native county of Pic-ton. which lie represents. He did speak in the town of Westville, where in 1904, the 3334
member for Pictou was some 400 votes behind Mr. Charles E. Tanner, whom he defeated on that occasion and in this election Mr. Robertson, a Liberal-Conservative candidate led the poll with over 600 majority. But, Mr. Chairman, we have 'been told over and over again that reciprocity was not an issue- in the provincial elections in Nova Scotia. So far as I can make it am issue in participating in that campaign I made it an issue. It may have been an issue down in Yarmouth county, and that may be one of the counties that the hon. member for Pictou campaigned in, but in the county of Yarmouth, which for *many years had sent Liberals to support the government of Nova Scotia, one of the provincial ministers of the Crown was defeated by a Liberal-Conservative candidate. He may have spoken in .some of the counties of Nova Scotia, but metbinks that he was not overly anxious to discuss reciprocity in that province. Reciprocity was not an issue there. I have before me a copy of the Sydney ' Record ' of June 13, and it outlines what, in the opinion of the Liberal party there, was the issue in the province of Nova Scotia at that time. They say:
The opposition have forced federal issues into the present contest. They are asking the electors to vote on reciprocity, coal tariff, and steel bounties, questions over which the local legislature has no control. The result, then, in Cape Breton will be regarded in the nature of a verdict on federal policy. The navy is the big federal issue in Sydney. It cannot now be shirked. A vote against Premier Murray will be equivalent to a vote of want of confidence in Fielding and Laurier. It will be regarded at Ottawa as a pronouncement not only against reciprocity but against the navy. Therefore, vote for Kendall and Carroll if yon are in favour of the navy and shipbuilding at Sydney. An adverse vote will encourage the opposition at Ottawa to block the navy contracts.
That was the issue held out to the electors in Cape Breton. But they knew what the issue was, they knew that the steel bounties and the duty on coal were being struck at 'by this pact, and that the Nova Scotia government had put the brand of approval on it before they went to the country. There were good reasons why the member for Pictou (Mr. Macdonald) would not care to discuss reciprocity at any great length in Nova Scotia, because he had gone out with the Prime Minister on his tour _ through the west. He had left behind him the cool and turbulent waters of the Atlantic, and he went out over the prairies on a railway that would never have been built had the two very gentlemen who were going out there had their own way about it.
They crossed the prairies from Lake Superior to the Rocky Mountains, they
penetrated the passes of the Rocky Mountains, and made their way to the limpid waters of the gentle Pacific, having followed their sinuous course across the continent. The hon. member for Pictou had been living for weeks in the hallowed presence, he had followed the white plume across the continent, and had learned words of wisdom there. He was in the confidence of the Premier of Canada. He came home with a message to the people of Nova Scotia, and he received a welcome at New Glasgow in proportion to the welcome that the Premier himself received in the city of Montreal. So important was the return of this gifted son of Pictou to his native heath, that the Liberal population of that county urged that the merchants in the town of New Glasgow should leave their electric lights burning in the windows in order to illuminate the streets down to the park where the address was to be made to the returning hero who was coming back from the feet of the man he worships as a political god. After the address had been presented, the hon. member for Pictou spoke in reply. I read this from a report of his speech sent in a dispatch of September 12, 1910, to the 'Morning Chronicle,' a paper of Halifax, and published on September 13, 1910.
Topic: WAYS AND MEANS-RECIPROCAL TRADE WITH THE UNITED STATES.