The House resumed from Friday, January 2P. consideration of the motion of Mr. J. C. Elliott for an Address to His Excellency the Governor General in reply to his Speech at the opening of the session, and the proposed amendment thereto of Right Hon. Arthur Meighen.
Mr. GEORGE W. McPHEE (Yorkton): Mr. Speaker, at adjournment Friday evening I was starting to discuss some of the statements made by our stalwart Conservative friends in this House. I wish now to refer briefly to the statement made with reference to my own province by the hon. member for South Winnipeg (Mr. Rogers). Speaking on January 21 last, he said:
As far as I know, there is a desire and a willingness on the part of hon. members on this side of the House to do anything they possibly can to assist the western provinces by way of rural credits. But in all fairness the members of this House should know at all events some of the reasoms why it is necessary that we should be called upon at this time to assist in the matter of rural credits for the prairie provinces. The difficulty in our western provinces, as I understand it, Mr. Speaker, is largely due to the fact that we have the misfortune in Saskatchewan and in Alberta of having had Liberal governments for many long years. In fact the provinces of Alberta and Saskatchewan have never yet had an opportunity to know and to understand thl real value of Conservative government.
To what kind of Conservative government, may I ask, does the hon. member for South Winnipeg refer? To the kind of government that existed in Manitoba previous to 1914? If so, let me recall to the hon. member's mind the 'inquiry regarding the erection of public buildings in Manitoba known as the Agricultural College and parliament buildings investigation. The evidence therein disclosed