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Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - March 5, 1914, Lethbridge, Alberta THE LETHBRIDGE DAILY HERALD THURSDAY, MARCH S, 1914 THE LETHBRIDGE DAILY HERALD ESTABLISHED DECEMBER 1M7 Published by the Lethbri|lsc Herattf Printing Co., LM., avary lawful avtnlng at Ma offica, SiMth St., Uethbrldga, Albarta. Canada. W. A. BUCHANAN-Managing Director JOHN TORRANCE-Biialneaa Manager PHONE: Editorial, RepQrtorlal .ind Newt Department 12 2 4 PHO^E: Advertiting. Clrc�ilation and Job Departtnantt 12 52 DAILY 8UB8CRIPTION RATES I year, delivered .................... M-OO 1 year, by mail ............u......... $3.00 6 months, delivered .................. $2.00 6 months, by mail ..................... $1.50 S montliE, uellveretl ......,........... $1,00 3 month*, by mail..........,...........75 1 month, delivered ..................�5 1 month, by mall.....................25 .\'JtSresstTS changed as often as detired, but both new ord old addresses m\jsl be given. THE DAILY Hc�ALO FOR SALE AT Lethbridga-Red Cross Drug & Book Store; J. G, Robertson & Co.; Jackson & Co.; Alexandra Hotel; Peo-pia'g Drug Store; Kenny * AUiu; Lethbridge Hotel Cigar Stand. Diamond City-Dr. D'Aro. Madicine Hotel. Hat - Ajssinlbola Macleod--A.. D. Ferguson. Cr�nbrootromiscs. I was of the opinion that he would carry out his promises as proiiiptly as he could. Instead of that, the prime Minister of this country is departing from the policy which he had in 1905 and in 1911, because we find that when the boundaries of Manitoba wore extended tlie idea of giving the provinces their natural resources was to a greater or less extent abandoned. But early in the session ot 1911, the Prime Minister was queried by the hon. member for Refina (Mr. Martin) in regard to this matter, and it appeared to me than that he was still of the opinion that the provinces should have con-trctl of their natural resources. The toilowihg are the questions put bv the hoB. member for Regiba, with the uswere given by the Prime Minister: Mr. Martin (Regina): 1. Is the Government aware that the preaebt.Prime Minister during the last election promised to favor a Policy ol banding over to the western provinces their natural resources ? 2, li so, what steps does the Oov-em'metit intend to take toward implementing such promise ? Mr. 'Borden : 1. Yes. 2. The steps will be announced in Parliament in due course. This Parliament is running very rapidly to its expiration, and it is about time the Prime Minister declared whether he is going to carry out the policy which he announced in 19U, a policy which he stood for then in the western provinces and which he said unequivocally he would carry out at the first opportunity. I would like to point out to the Prime Minister this fact-though, of course, 1 do not say that he is back of the actions of his followers in western Canada-that in the two provincial general elections held in the West since this Government was returned to power, one in Saskatchewan and one in Alberta, the argument was >ised by leaders ot the Conservative party, and also in the press of the party, that these provinces could not expect to be given control of their natural resources until the Conservative party was returned to power in those provinces. I do not remember that the Prime Minister made snch a stipulation, but that was the argument that was used on the occasions to which I haTe referred. And it was used as a bribe ^o the electors of theee provinces in direct violation of that part ol ttie Haliiax platform opposed to electoral corruption. The argument was used with the same intention as if the man who use it had gone out and oHered money to bribe the electors. They told the people that they could not have their natural resources, though that bad been promised them, unless they returned Conservative governments to power in Alberta and Saskatchewan. The Prime Minister, '-holding the high ideals on public questions to which he,has given expression, should note these facts. I dra^V to his attention these arguments which are used by his followers in western Canada. Now, I have become an admirer of the independence ot ray fellow representative from the province of .M-berta, the hon. member for Calgary (Mr. Bennett). He is a representative of a certain type ol western sentiment, which are independent enough to speak out plainly, I remember reading, and being very much impressed by, the remarks made by the hon. member for Calgary (Mr, Bennett) on the occasion of the annual meeting ot his electors which it is his.custom to hold. And it is a very good idea: The member gathers the electors together; and they fill the largest hall in Calgary, and he Riiikes a statement ooyering. the,work ot the session and the record of the government; tit course, this niattbr o( natural resources is vital. to the people of tbe West on account of the promise made in regard to it, I would like to quote, from . a paper friendly .to the Hon. member tot Calgary, in tact his \\ who wish to see the Prime Minister carry out liis promise in this regard. Now, the stalei^cnt is made that tlie Prime Minister Avill convey these resources to the people ot the provinces, and the hon. member for Calgaiy says that it that is not done he will I withdraw his support from the Con-jservativc party. But I assume that (he is hopeful that the natural ic-] sources will be returned to the people ot Alberta. 1 would like some enlightenment on this matter. I ; should he very glad to welcome the i hon. member for Calgary to this side of the Hotise because lie had lost j faith in the other side, but at the ! same time, I want a declaration from , the Prime Minister in regard to this matter. I tiiink I can say tliis for the people ot the West-that they are sincere, and they expect public men and governments to he sincere. Therefore they look to the Prime Minister to carry out the promises he made in jl911 and prior to that time. This 'demand for the provincial control of natural resources was recently made I by the Premiers ot the three western , provinces-not only the Premiers of the provinces of Alberta and Saskatchewan, in which there are Liberal governments, but also by the Pre-miei' of.Manitoba, Sir Uodmond Rob-lin. In a letter to the Prime Minister of the Dominioii, these Premiers say: December iZ, 1913. The Rt, Hon. R. L. Borden, Prime Minister, Ottawa. Dear Sir,-.\fter having an interview with you in regard to the questions in respect ot which the prairie provinces received different treatment from the other provinces of Canada, and, at your suggestion, a meeting of the Premiers ot Manitoba, Sas- I katchewan and Albeirta was held, and it has lieen agreed between us to make to you on behalf ol said proy inces the proposal that the financial tetins already arranged, between the provinces and the Dominion as compensation for lands should stand as compensation tor limds already alienated for the general benefit of Canada, and, that all the lands reinaln-Ing within the boimdajies of the re- I �pective provinces with all natural resources included,; be transferred to the said provinces, the provinces accepting the responsibility otiadminlv tcring the same. Vours very ttulv, Rr-P. Roblin, Walter Scott, Arthur L, Sitton. The Rt. Hon. R. L. Borden, � Prime Minister, Ottawa. 1 have placed this matter as briefly I as I could before the House, and I ask a Statement from the Prime Minister, in order that the people of the West may be informed as to this very important plank ftt the platforin of 1911. In passing, I mny �ay that, as the Dominion Government controls ', 0 natural resources of the western pnivinoes, during this session I had oicasion to ask a question regarding the exportation ot natural gas from the province ot .\lberta. People in my constituency are very anxious that none o( the gas should he exported from Medicine Hat and Bow Island gas fields, as they wish to conserve that very great and very valuable asset. I asked the question whether this Government had the power to prevent the export of this gas from Alberta into Saskatchewan, f was told that there were no regulations which tlie Government could utilize to prevent the exportation of gas from Alberta to Saskatchewan. If.the Prime Minister had carried out his promise to transfer the natural resources of the province of Alberta, to the provincial government, tlierc would have been no questibn about the exportation of natural gas. Tlie power would be in the hands ot the provincial government, and they would see that the gas was not allowed to leave the province, thus protecting the interests of those communities which are so anxious, for their welfare as industrial centras, that tlieir supply of gas. shall not be used outside the province, or, to any great extent, outside the district of production. ....... i They w��M lull TlfW of 4.ip.80 li lOOCukts LOCAL TRAIN SCHEDULE TRAIN NO, 511 Dally (Except 513 Dally ........ B12 Dally (Except 514 Daily ........ 546 Dally (Except 567 Daily (Except 565 Dally (Except TRAIN NO. 512 Daily (Except 514 Dally ..... 511 Daily (Except 613 Daily ........ 547 Daily (Except 666 Daily (Except 564 Dally (Except DEPARTURES EFFECTIVE FEB. 8, 1914. TO HOUR DEFART Sunday).......... Cranbrook ...... 15.6f; ...................Cranbrook ......,...... 4.35 Sunday) ..........Medicine Hat ............... H.SO ...................Medicine Hat 34,4(� Sunday) ..........Calgary..................... 10.15 Sunday) ..........Cardston .................... IT.4.'? Sunday) ..........Great Falis.................. 9.39 ARRIVALS FROM HOUR ARRIVAL Sunday) ..........Cranbrook................. IS.20 ...................Cranbrook................. 24.;)i) Sunday) ..........Medicine Hat............... 1�,4B ...................Medicine Hat ............... 4.35 Sunday) ..........Calgaiy..................... 18.30 Sunday) ..........Cardston .................... 10,J5 Sunday) ..........Great Falls .................. 19.15 Notice to Out-of-Town Merchants If there is no printing plant in your town, we want your business. We can give your orders prompt attention and good service. 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