April 8, 1914 (12th Parliament, 3rd Session)


William Foster Cockshutt

Conservative (1867-1942)


No Prince Albert
land deal has ever come before the House so far as I know. With regard to land deals, I may say that mighty little land was left to deal in after my hon. friends went out of power. If my hon. friend had applied to the hon. member for Assiniboia
(Mr. Turriff) the remark which he has made, he might have obtained some information on the point; the hon. member for Assiniboia could tell him a thing or two about land deals. The Saskatchewan Valley Land Company and other such matters are still fresh in the public memory. Although I have mentioned a few scandals,
I have touched only the fringe of them, as the .hon. member for Assiniboia knows full weli, though he was so (busy with implements that he did not have time to touch upon the land deals of the late Government.
I should think that my hon. friend, in talking so much about implements and advocating their free importation into this country, should have had in mind the one implement that his party imported in connection with the deal of which I have spoken. Our Finance Minister has had to pay $12,000,000 for that implement already. Land deals certainly came on thick and fast during the time the late Administration held office.
I have mentioned this in order to draw to the attention of the people to the difference between the two parties in this respect. So far as the practical work of the country is concerned, this Government has been in power about thTee years. We are nearing the end of the third session of Parliament. We have the financial statements; we know what the Government has done in the matter of expenditure. Have any hon. gentlemen opposite charged that even $100 has been wrongfully taken from the treasury since 1911 by the powers that be? If they have, I have not heard anything about it. This ' is the great difference between the two parties of the day, and I trust that the Finance Minister, in whose honour I have the highest confidence, will continue the same straight course that has been pursued in the two and a half years during which this Government has been in ipower.
Let me give our friends opposite a piece of history. It is not always pleasing to Conservatives to remember this, but ^ I think it will help to bring out the point I am making. Between the years 1872 and 1874 we had what was called the Pacific scandal, in which Sir John A. Macdonald, probably the greatest statesman Canada has ever seen, was the central figure. It was charged that he received a subscription of $25,000 from Sir Hugh Allan in order that he might hand the contract for this railway over to him. In the year 1874 the Sir John A. Macdonald Government was condemned and punished by the people of Canada-turned out of office and relegated

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