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Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - May 31, 1917, Lethbridge, Alberta PAGE SIX TltiS LKTHBMIK5K SS&imiuMAl__--f -- DAILY HERALD THURSDAY, MAY 31, 1917 1 MUNICIPAL HOSPITAL IN THE T (From Our Own CorrosDondpnO Plncher Crook, May 30.-A letter Irom the Medicine Hat Board of Trnde j referred in his opening remarks LEADER MICHENER AT MACLEOD (Continued fuom Fkont Paok) Mr. Mlchener. Mr. Mlchener wis given a good reception when he rose, and the hearing accorded him was without interruption of nny kind. Mr. Micliener's address was largely nn appeal to sentiment. He spent a good deal of time in referring to the opposition which had "[ought for the rights of the people" ever since there had been nn opposition in the legislature. He "to was read at the council meeting last I Mr. Patterson as me member who ... ,. ,. . ,, , _____., , was trying to fight the battles of the night requesting that the council =��> would adopt a resolution endorsing the location of the proposed government internal elevator at Dunmore Junction. Toward the close of tho letter, however, there appeared a clause that appeared a joker to tho town fathers. It was a question pertaining to the establishing of a sample market at Medicine Hat. The council did not consider themselves competent to decide off-hand and the secretary will write to that effect. The hospital board laid a petition addressed to the minister of tnunici- prople. and had always stood on the right side of the great moral issues of the day. He said everybody knew just whore Mr. Patterson always stood on those questions. The opposition, too. he said, he believed had always stood for the best interests of the people in their criticisms, and had approved good legislation when it was brought forward. This train It was time for n change. Dr. Rutherford, Liberal ex-premior, had said so. and he had sent them a message wishing them success. "We do not want one member of the present opposition missing either." said .Mr. Mlchener, "when we are returned to power. We liave had a great fight against big odds, but wo believe we have llie women with us too. and we have not any big campaign fund. I want to say right hero over. I mean the conducting of an entlro i election contest right at tho front. "We do not bellovo tho military authorities will permit this to be carried out." "The government that has trifled with tho rights of those soldiers will be called to account by the men and women of this province." Another question asked Mr, Mlchener was whether his party if returned would introduce a 'bill to disfranchise alien enemies. Ho said thatj this was unfair, and that the war might bo over before next session. Anyway what was the use of disfranchising them after the election was that we have no campflisn fund at all. The Liberal organization are doublin.; the number of polling places so that'there "ill lie that many more paid voters to vote with tho government. "Hut we believe tho fair-minded people of the province will reward us in our hard light for tile rights of the people. Tiie men and women of Macleod will put principle before party. There are no great national resources, but which did not con-. stitute the real wealth of the people, pal affairs desiring that a municipal r , b , on, ,, lnas. hospital district bp ^me^ embracnig j nlfjcent idoal? of liemorr:uy which ^ people cherished and sheuM al-cherish. This was one reason Cowley. Lundbreck, Pincher Station, Pinchor Creek and L. I. Dists. No. 39, of thought naturallv led Mr. Mlchener i i-^ucs in a provincial election. It is into a magnificent" peroration on the ! largely a question of revenues and greatness "of our province, and its 1 tnc expenditure of revenues. Wo broad acres and unbounded wealth of' cla m that this government is a political government and this means that there cannot be efficiency in government and that there can be nothing else than great waste in expenditures 40 and 70. It was required that this I wf>s,.- �,";;� -----, ,,, , , ,,,,.,,,. petition be signed by the town council. wh>" -Mr T,emm *! JV 'Innlrift and 25 ratepayers throughout the dis- a"" �"hJ" t,H] 01V*\X\. .o?,M ,l trict. The council thought that this S|vcn P�Tr ,H CiV"- ';" , t�Ulnn was a splendid project and readily au- T>"* hF, ^nded 0� h� thorlzedthe mayor and sccretarv-trea-1 * (io; !! !,i ,0 U1'll0ia theSe mas" burer to sign it. n,"cent "'"'f; Mr. Oliver, who has an option on the I Tlle oprosiM flour mill, was present and requested 1 rle'e .,. usual .-i... ... . I In fact, after June 7th, he felt quite tfiat Mr. Patterson would the front row of the opposi- m would not be com-.Vr. Patterson, in his that his option, which expires on j'une; ""J ST',.*? 1st. be extended as he claims to have j . , , . a project under way for the purchase conr.uem of tho mill, but as it meant forming a company, the Utilities Commission would have to pass on it and that stock would have to be sold, it would take some time. He also stated that not be in tion. bin in the front row of the gov eminent benches. Is Very Optimistic. Mlchener had a very logical Mr. he was endeavoring to "form a com- and plausible" argument prepared to pany to build a spur into tow:; '.rc-:i the C. P. R. 2|i miles distant. Ho was granted an extension provided can show some boni fide deal. The final steps toward taking over the property of aelinque::: taxpayers was taken when a motio:. was ;>as3ed that transfers of a!! properties taken over under the tax enforcement return, be applied for. prove how the opposition were going to be returned to power. In 1913 he said, the government had after bring-j ing down, a very unfair redistribution bill, and with every device of government machinery in their power, appealed to the country. The opposition then had but seven members, but Judge MeGillivray. at Whitby, decided in favor of the city of Toronto in its action to compel Judge Morson, who as a government official had refused to ;ay his income tax, to do so. We claim that if elected we will establish a business system of government." There was no reason for an election at the present time, said the opposition leader. There had been five sessions, it was true, but not five years of office, which was allowed by "the act. Therefore the government had a year more to go. Why then Another question-Did the opposition Introduce any resolution favoring the disfranchisement of the nliens. Mr. Mlchener said they did not, and repeated that this was not tho Issue. Another question-Which will give the soldiers tho greatest voice in the legislature, the system of the government or the system proposed by the opposition. Mr. Mlchenor Bald It was not a question of voice in tho legislature but tho question of a voice in the government and the right to help elect representatives. Another question-Kroru what countries would you encourage immigration to Alberta? Mr. Mlchener said he would be inclined to favor all English speaking nations, French and particularly the brave Belgians. A Constructive Policy. Mr. Mlchener said tho opposition had been accused of having only destructive criticism. He said that for every destructive criticism offered the opposition had a constructive remedy. He reviewed what he called some of the extravagances of the government for instance the nutnifi- had it taken tho responsibility of , eient furnishings of the premier's of- plunging tho people into a war elec tion at a time when all enemies should be directed to winning the war.' The Soldier's Vote. This led Mr. Mlchener up to the question of the soldiers' vote. The Liberal papers, he said, were making much of the statement of the opposition that the soldiers had been disfranchised, and had stated this was a deliberate lie. Mr. Mlchener repeated the statement that they were disfranchised, but qualified it by saying ! and the interest charges at something they were not entirelv disfranchised. ' like S1000 daily. He referred to the They were not disfranchised as far i fact that no sinking fund existed for . as two constituencies were concern- I most of the debt, and that only one these seven had gained eleven seats. I ell Dut they were disfranchised in 54 ! half of one per cent, was allowed for constituencies. In other words, while j sinking fund on the telephone sys- fice at Edmonton compared to which Borden's office at Ottawa was but a kitchen. He spoko of the money spen. in public buildings, and said that while it was true that the opposition contended there had been great extravagance, they also contended that there should be less of this and more money spent on highways and district roads. Debt of Province. Mr. -Mlchener quoted the debt of the province at a total of 33 millions Now the opposition were on the job fighting the battles of the people, with a splendid lot of standard bearers, and he felt certain they could gain enough seats north of Red Deer to defeat the government. They only needed to gain ten seats to do this. MADE IN CANADA they were given two members of their ovrn, they were deprived of the right to vote in the 56 ridings of the province, as they would have had they been at home. Why should the soldiers be deprived of the right to vote in these constituencies? Why should they not be given the balance of power "in these ridings? They were fighting our battles and offering their lives. Instead of this, however, they were deprived of this right, but the men of alien enemy birth were allowed to retain this right to vote in the tenu which would mean that it would take 200 years at that rate to replace it. He said the Slfton government had placed the country under a staggering debt, which mortgaged the future and hampered development. He said the only remedy was to obtain the natural resources of the province from the Federal government. He said that Sifton and tho other western provinces had put up an Impossible proposition to the government, on this matter, but he declared that if elected and if the Tories in shortago of $500,000 had existed In tho sale of C. N. W. R. bonds, he said that charge still stood and It had not been satisfactorily oxplnined. Ho said that Sir George Porloy hnd wlroil him from London that the bonds had boon sold at 0H4, not 80?4 ns Hon, Mr. Mltcholl claimed. The brokerngo firm had not allowed Mr. Mlchonor to introduce thiB telegram In the house, but that Hon. Mr. Mitchell said he had received a cablegram' from the brokers which stated tho bonds woro sold at SH-li. Ho had askod Mr, Mltcholl to produce this cablegram and tho government's cablegram, but ho had refused. Mr. Mlchonor dug up the old question of tho McArthnr railways and repeated tho statement that McArthnr was making 0 millions on his guarantees, and that he was manipulating tile railroads to servo timber limits owned by his friends. Ho said many of those railroads wont into country where nobody lived. Mr. Mlchenor concluded with a fervent appeal for support to turn out Slftonlsm and instal a "business government." Dr. Stanley. Dr. Stanley, the man who Introduced the charges against Hon, C, W. Cross a year ago, in connection with the exploitation of tho liquor licensees make a brief .speech in which ho re-Iterated these charges In toto, rending them as he had dono In the house two sessions ago, and making tho charge again that they had been blocked in thoir honest endeavors to got an investigation of any kind. Ho said they had had barrels of ovidenco and proofs of the licensees being forced to pay campaign funds to tho attorney general but no investigation wns granted them. Slfton sat tight on the lid, and would not permit any probing. Tho Liberals had spread tho report that the charges had not been made to stick. He said that as long as Sifton wns promier no charge would ever "stick." Dr. Stanley said tho soldiers vote legislation was a contemptible piece of business, and was Prussian In its spirit. It was not in accordance with British fair play and the 30,000 soldiers had been deprived of their vote, while the same number of aliens would be allowed to vote at home. The meeting broke up with three cheers for Mr. Patterson and tho singing of the national anthem. One of tho qu^-jtions submitted to Mr. Mlchener was that regarding the price of swan anchors. Was tho price $52 or 52 cents. Mr. Mlchener gave no answer to this question. very ridings where the soldiers were Saskatchewan were elected they would Trmni First and Still First CJ No other tire can offer you a single feature not found in Dunlop Tires-" Traction,** "Special" or "Plain." ?J We are the founders of the tire industry in Canada, and our experience is greater than that of all other Canadian tire-makers combined. cut off. The alien enemy vote will hold the balance of power in some constituencies. The Alien Vote. "The Albertan has been chasing questions after me all over the province," said Mr. Michener, "asking for my stand on the disfranchisement of alien enemy voters. I say again that this is not the issue in this election. The disfranchisement of the soldier vote is the Issue. This is my answer to the question which has been submitted to me tonight on this matter. My answer to the question as to which is the most expensive system, the voting by the soldiers together for two members or the voting by them in the various constituencies from whence they came, is that the soldiers should not be deprived of their right to vote for their home candidates, the candidates in which they are really interested. This is not more expensive. The soldiers would merely cast their ballot as they came back from the front. Just as the voters of British Columbia and the voters of Australia did recently. Won't Allow It. Mr. Michener paid a magnificent tribute to the soldiers of Canada at the front, and said he and his supporters were only endeavoring to stand up for the rights of these men who had won so much glory for Canada. He said that the system by which the Sifton government would take the vote of the soldiers was not in accordance with military etiquette or discipline. Under that system a colonel of a battalion or a private in the same battalion might be candidates together. This system would be able to put up a very satisfactory proposal to Mr. Borden to get the natural resources^ Railway Policy. Dealing with the railway policy of the government, Mr. Michener declared that the premier had led tho province Into a vast debt to give railway guarantees to his friends, and declared also that huge overpayments had been made on these guarantees. He instanced one place in the Red Deer riding where $205,000 had been paid out on 5% miles of grade, which included J5S.O0O for right of way through the town of Red Deer. But this right of way had never yet been bought and the railway company had the money. He made the charge that overpayments were made on false estimates signed by Alan Harvey, chief clerk of the railway department who at one time was clerk for Mackenzie and Mann. Referring to the cost of the railway lines as compared to the guarantees he said that the report of the Dominion commission indeed showed that the cost had been away above the guarantees, but these were the costs as given by Mackenzie and Mann, and were not the actual costs, which were much lower than the guarantees. This was for the reason that the various construction companies of the C. N. R. got the contracts, and the costs were inflated so that the construction companies got the surplus money. This system, he said was worked on all lines which the government had guaranteed and this made it possible for the promoters to make big fortunes. The Bond Sale. Referring to this charge that a "Grab the paper tomorrow and see what this shave talk is all about." ANCHOR-DONALDSON! LINE MONTREAL to GLASGOW For full mfofmV.o- M f,j '-ttf�& bi>4 Dt>ply to lonrt or H E-LIOMAM C-oc *� .r WINNIPEG -W9 MAIN ST. PHOtl� M 53(2 VANCOUVER OSSKlftAHviLie IT ' S