According to the statistics given us, the two constituencies that are to be formed in western Athabaska do not take up the entire population of Athabaska, so that there must be some residue in eastern Athabaska. If you are to form a constituency for 300 in Peace River and another 300 in western Athabaska, when you get down to as small a number as that, does not the same reasoning apply to eastern Athabaska ? Why should this part be attached to Alberta and not to the province of Saskatchewan ?
My hon. friend from the west will be able to answer that better than I could.
Ml-. M. S. McCarthy. In regard to your estimate of post offices a considerable portion of the constituencies of Edmonton, Strathcona and Calgary is east of the 4th meridian. Are the post offices east of the 4th meridian included in your calculations ? I understand you mean the electoral districts as they are constituted in this House.
No. I think that calculation was made on the basis of the proposed province of Alberta. The district of Alberta that is represented by my hon. friend (Mr. Herron) contains 40 post offices, Medicine Hat district which is to be milled to Alberta, 10, and the Calgary district, 54.
These are only in the proposed province. Edmonton district contains 00 and the Strathcona district contains 95. Then, there are some 15 m the constituency of Strathcona that are south of Red Deer and will consequently have to he added to the south.
The figures I gave in regard to the votes recorded and in regard to the votes polled I got from the Clerk of the Crown in Chancery. The figures in regard to the population are taken From the census of 1901. The other figures which I gave about the grain grown and the post offices were given to me by my hon. friend from Strathcona (Mr. Talbot).