Quite right, and I should be glad that my hon. friend would take heed of what it says and govern himself accordingly. He read very largely from the ' Globe ' newspaper. Well, the ' Globe ' does not control this parliament or the people of this Dominion. True, it is a power in the country, but the gentleman who writes the articles in the ' Globe ' is just as likely to be mistaken as I am ; and I venture" to say that he would give me, as I give him, credit for sincerity and for expressing the views I honestly entertain and believe to be right and proper.
I do not intend to occupy at any length the time of this House. We have had innumerable speeches. We have had this matter discussed thoroughly and intelligently. and I believe that the people have fairly made up their minds as to what should be done. At any rate I believe that parliament has made up its mind as to what it will do. We have had hon. gentlemen op-157*
posite contending that the Liberal party is inconsistent on this question, that formerly we stood for provincial rights and inscribed that principle on our banner, and that we are now dragging that banner in the dust and going back on all our past records. Well, Mr. Speaker. I venture to deny that assertion. I say that the Liberal party today is acting consistenly with its past history, and that it is the Conservative party which is a sinner in this respect. It was the Conservative party who established separate schools in this country assisted by the people in the province of Quebec. That party is now going back on its record. What was formerly the position of the Liberal party in regard to this matter ? We know that the Hon. Geo. Brown, iu the old legislative assembly of Canada, opposed the system of separate schools with all his force. That principle, however, was adopted by the Canadian legislature and became law. When confederation was brought about, Mr. Brown joined the coalition government, which adopted the principle of separate schools as a part and parcel of the Confederation Act. To that principle Mr. Brown gave his adhesion because it had been adopted in Canada and he felt it would be a wrench to do away with it. The Liberal party have lived up to that doctrine ever since. In 1896 when the Conservative party endeavoured to force separate schools on the unwilling province of Manitoba, the Liberal party objected. Why did they object ? Because they stood for provincial rights. The Judicial Committee of the Privy Council had decided that the Roman Catholic minority in Manitoba did not have the right to separate schools, but the Conservative party endeavoured to force these schools upon that province. The Liberal party, standing by its record, declared against that invasion of provincial rights and it went to the country and was successful.