Edmund James Bristol
Hon. EDMUND BRISTOL (Toronto East Centre):
I wish to call the attention of the
House to an article which appears in to-day's Gazette, headed "Settle with Chicago." It contains a statement with reference to myself and a statement which Mr. Magrath is reported to have made. It also indicates generally that Mr. Magrath and the commission were not backing up this motion. As far as I know, Mr. Magrath is personally backing up the motion which appears in my name. Then they want to know on whose behalf it is made. Well it is made on behalf of the province of Ontario, with the full knowledge, approval and co-operation of the premier of that province, who claims that one-half of the property at Niagara Falls affected by section 5 of this treaty, belongs, to the province of Ontario, and the other half to the state of New York. Objection is taken that we should not discuss this matter or deal with it, or speak to the people of the United States on it, so long as the Chicago matter is unsettled. When I make the motion I will take up this matter, but I wish to draw the attention of the House and the country to the fact that this motion is made with the approval of the Premier of Ontario and with his full knowledge and assistance.