Hon. Mr. BROWN.
The hon. member for North Hastings is of that opinion; but that hon. gentleman is in favour of a legislative union, and had we been forming a legislative union, there might have been some force in the demand. But the very essence of our compact is that the union shall be federal and not legislative. Our Lower Canada friends have agreed to give us representation by population in the lower House, on the express condition they shall have equality in the upper House. On no other condition could we have advanced a step; and, for my part, I am quite willing they should have it. In maintaining the existing sectional boundaries and handing over the control of local matters to local bodies, we recognize, to a certain extent, a diversity of interests; and it was quite natural that the protection of those interests, hy equality in the upper Chamber, should he demanded by the less numerous provinces.
So one_ of the reasons, one of the inducements given to the smaller provinces, to lower Canada, and Nova Scotia and New Brunswick, was that there should be an upper Chamber as well as equality of representation, and this was for the protection Sir WILFRID LAURIER.
of minorities. My hon. friend asked with some pertinence: What have the Senate
done during the forty years that it has existed for the protection of the minorities? He answered, nothing. Sir, I am glad that my hon. friend from Niagara (Mr. Lancaster) can say that the Senate has done nothing in the forty years of its existence for the protection of minorities. But this is not to the discredit of the Senate, it is rather to the credit of the House of Commons It means simply that the House of Commons has done nothing to endanger minorities. ,
Topic: BAIT SUPPLY.
Subtopic: ABOLITION OF THE SENATE.