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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - December 3, 1912, Lethbridge, Alberta PROVED GENERAL EFFICIENCY OF COMMISSION GOVERNMENT TTTT; uyrnnRinflE DAILY HERALD I'-'ontlnued from front Now. I am not going to undertake to give you n lot or advice, or any- thing of thai description, lest I should utter.the fate ot the converted .Muori Tlio story Is told (hat In the early days, when tho missionaries lirst went to Now Zealand, they managed to con- vert one Maori, and this Maori was "fcogt active in his work, The nils- 1 eloimry went away, allil wlioa he re- turned he was very anxious to seo the convert, and ho ashed tho chief where lie was. "Oh, said Ilio chief, "wo kill- ed him; ho gavo ns too much advice." In discuasluB this plan ot commis- sion form of government, I do not visli to. bo understood in any way criticizing the men who may bo at present, operating your system of gov- ernment here, believe you have as good a government In Lothbrldge, and probably than they .have In many other cities and towns in Can- ada, and I want it to be distinctly un- derstood that it is the system that wo propose to change. are not criti- cizing the men. There are, however, certain defects or deficiencies In our present form of city government throughout this country, and probably one of the reasons that you have a comparatively, good government is that you are, still what may be called f. small city, and the government is cpnsenuently still close to the people. When the government is in clo touch with the people It governs, makOB for good government; but a J'our city grows larger, you 'will Hi that the government gets farther an farther away from the people, mid then you will begin to 11ml some kind of trouble. For Instance, In .Manitoba wo havo found this out in respuet to telephones; so long as the telephones were in the Imnda of the municipality they were a public privilege, because every ratepayer bad his eye on the op- eration of tbe telephone system. The ratepayer was vitally and directly in- terestecl, and he knew it. .Ho saw that there was no tit ing: hi connec- tion with tho work. But immediately! It was removed to a larger provincial sphere, he wemed to lose all Interest in It. It 'was then a government pro- position. "Oh, It does not ic said. "Jt Is noho of my business; we are going to set the benefit, and everybody will havo to pay his share." That is why I saw that the closer the government is to the people the better government you get. TISE Photographer All Work Guaranteed 906-3rd Ave. S. Beside Baptist church Donaldson Line Direct Service CHRISTMAS AND NEW YEAR EXCURSIONS Large new 'twin screw steam- ers sailing from Montreal and every Saturday carry- One Clan cabin and Third- passengers. CHRISTMAS EXCURSIONS Sail from St. John, N.B., Dec. 12th and 15th, LOWEST RATES UP-TO-DATE SERVICE. Reserve your accommodation now and secure the best, it coats no more. Apply to any railway, steam- agent or H. E. LIDMAN, General Agont, 445 Main St. Phone M6312 Winnipeg, 1 may say that our present, system of government, viz.: of electing repr sctitatives for a certain term, and gi ing them unlimited power during th; term, makes for irresponsibility ai incfllciency. That is to say, the r Preseutatives you elect are not r sponsible to the people who aro su posed to be their principals. H als makes for circumlocution, or a dif 3ulty in getting things done. You as your representative for a certain thin to be done, and ho invariably refer you to someone eles; that man intur will refer you to a certain committeefore you married "Yes sir." said Mr. Plowden, "however lid yon come to marry a Well replied lady, "I was -citing old, and I had to choose be-! ween a burglar and a lawyer." But the difficulty under the exist- ig system is not only to elect good len, hut in Keeping them good after bey have been elected. And that is ne more reagoii why we want tbe nitiative, referendum and recall. These arc some of defects. Now, what is tbe cause? I contend the cause is this, thai we give our repre- sentatives altogether too much power. Xo man, no matter how good ho is, can be safely trusted wifh Jibsolul power. That has been the troubli right down through all the much power in tho hands of a few in dividuals. Power has a corrupting in flucncc; there- is always a tendency for the person holding the power to misuse it. 1 think ii was Abraham Lincoln wbo once said: "There is no the right to instruct bis agent and exercise supervision and jurisdiction ever him. In the same'way, as I said before, you should reserve tbe right lo instruct your council. They are the men wbo represent you as your agents, and as the principals you should exercise tbe right to discharge them if they do not possess tho brains you wish them to introduce in. to your public affairs and business. That iss the things that commands efficiency in private enterprise, and if you exercise that right it will also command efficiency in your public affairs. It is simply a question of putting in a business system and keeping tbe power in the hands of the people. (Continued on page 7) The Simplest Cough Cure Easily and Cheaply Made ;u Home, Saves Yon ?2. This recipe makes la ounces of cough enouKJi to last a family a lonfr :imc. You couldn't buy as much or aa rood cough syrup for J2.60. man (it to be another man's and certainly there is no man fit to be the master of a community. Your representatives ;ire your servants, and the people themselves are the masters; ami the people must reserve to themselves the right to instruct those representatives, and, if neces- sary, (o discharge them, without hav- ing 10 wait for tho expiration of their term of office, and in order to do "that I say w0 must keep the power in the hands of the people. Let us see how our private busi- nosses are run. Have you any busi- ness man in this city who would cn- gnRc a man for one year and say to this business, I am through with it 'ou can do just as yon please, I won't yon. You can just run the any way you like." if (Mieiicp, our system is impotent to the appetite and !ica an excel. wll >'ou- can just run cioal, and on theso the direct consul- lcnl cllMt- le to take- lhc any way you like." if tation of lhc people would be the most A" did that what would be tho result? tulUblo method of solution." "oup' sore AM "I will re. Who's that knocking at the kitchen door? Why, it's Mrs. Edwards round always ready to lend a hand with the cooking. That nourishing home-made Irish soup of hers is a real dish-of-all-work useful in a lundred ways. It's fine and tasty by itself. It's :he secret of a savoury sauce. It's tho making of a marie dish. And, o out the goodness of your own soup and gravies and hashes ind meat puddings there's nothing ike adding lungs, abl throat troubles, el servo the right to fire you at the end That is reference to parliament- Mix Vw cup. of with "U Cnd ary legislation, but I migllt say the water and stir for two OI yom SM engage another man Panic liocf and the finest of Irish I ul r.iiiii-cc or I'lncv fflrtv on' rho comn -IT... M-- i.-j___i. 5c. per packet. tind you often have 10 voto for a man memuranos rinex is the most lii bl vou do not tare for. and perhaps for n cump'iunil of Norway wMto f Power of attorney over l poor administration. In order to get i ''n Properly Is headlnc for the pome mooaiire that you parllculn'rly I not wwli iTtllis com-1 Ule of prompt Ull, Hclw I UtiSXi legislation thf measure and tbe man' would tujinirate and distinct, mid ,NI5 ,vllv vou could both the you want Hnted often, inn never au iiy -if nli.vohitc os, lii Stali-s ami C'annila nil tho measure you desire. j moin-j .aro the ox.; icclpe. rased view of men uhom 1 think SI. TUrJ5mofUbn" nolt 8cnd iff alotiff the same course. !Jm In I private business Jind tlmi no such (omlllimi of nfi'iii-TH Tho "isahvjiyp responsiblr lo ih> ufs art raadt in Ihrtf While, The Broun 'tt'O are Write fi.r cT'lnw l l.e alw, obey the I jirlni-ipiil, and thu principal reserves hrK in our new copy (tost free. S. II. II. ESCOTT HARMER Winnipeg Representatives for Manitoba, Sask- atchewan and Alberts. ;