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Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - November 13, 1917, Lethbridge, Alberta THE LKTimRmGE nXn^T HF.RAT.n TTJESDAY. NOVEMBER 1$, lOiV BUCHANAN UNANIMOUS CHOICE (Continued from Page 4). It tlon ot the action of Mr. Ball �n-ho was �ny political opponent only a few �weeks ago. HIa action algnilles his elncere desire for unity in the political affairs ot the nation at this time. "This is the first opportunity since I came home from the session at Ottawa that I h�ve had of publicly ad-flresslng the electors ot the constituency and I wish to make niy position clear to them In order that electors from one end of the riding to the other may understand. Tha Two Only Issues The two Issues of the coming election, declared Mr. Buchanan, -will be whether we shall have union govera-Ment or not and whether we shRJl adopt and enforce the military service act. Those are the issues and the only issues. "With that In view I have put all patt.dlfferendes with political opponents behind me. I have unk those differences until the war is over and won." (Cheers). Union government, the speaker con-Unued, is built upon sacrifice. The political feelings of the people ot Canada have undergone great changes in the past few monUis. There is a a great desire for union in this time of stress. "ViTiat if our men at the front were differing on political and economic questions? Wiere would we be In that case? We would be exactly where Russia Is today. Every government engaged in this war on tha Ide of the allies is a union government Why shouldn't we have one K the landlords ot England can get behind Lloyd George, the man whom they considered as their gi-eatest enemy a few years ago, why shouldn't we as Liberals get behind Sir Robert Bor-. den In his efforts to bring to the war the united support of the people of "Canada?" (Cheers). The speaker then went on to relate 'the fact that Premier Botha of South Africa had called to his counsels men �whom he had been bitterly fighting a few short years ago; that Australia had formed a union government and that President Wilson had called to his aid the best men ot the nation. Irrespective of their politics. The Conscription Issue Dealing with the conscription issue Mr. Buchanan said he favored union government and supported particularly Its military service act, then plunged into an explanation of that act in Us relation to the needs of the situation. "No trial ot voluntary service In Canada in the future will ever be a 80cces8,".he declared. "The fact that thousands are asking lor exemption under the act is the best evidence ot this tact We promised 600,000 men from Canada and no one ever raised ills voice In protest. "Now the jnilltary service act Is an act expressly provided to carry out this promise and at the same time to give the best possible protection to our Industries. Soma men with whom I have talked since my return from Ottawa have expressed fear that under this act our industries would be crippled, that too many men would be taken from the basic occupations. That l5 what it is intended to. avoid. The Old Militia Act "Compare this act with the militia �ct which we have'had on the statutes of Canada for more than 40 years. The militia act recognized -the principle of conscription. That act was for the defease of Canada. But in 1903, wnil? ' 61r Wilfrid Lanrler was leader of the Kovernment ot Canada, the militia act was amended so that men might be sent out ot Canada for the defense ot ' the country. All men, physically fit, from the ages of IS to 60 might be taken. All might be sent If needed. "Now the military service act Is a moditloatldn of this act It was introduced in- order that the necessary Industries of Canada might be protected. It was made selective conscription, so that the government might pick and choose the men .of the country .who �were most readily available without upsetting the industry ot the cotmtry. Their Only Argument "There is therefore only one argument which opponents of the military service act may use and that Is that our men are not fighting In the de-fens'e of Canada, and "the man who says that our men should not stand beside the Belgians and tha French on the west front in an.effort to crush the Prusplafl monster has a mighty poor argument pa his pide. Our men are fighting for Canada,- for^the liberties we enjoy in Canada, and the opponents of this measure know that they are. -"Th^ military service act is therefore but a modification of an act which �was recognized aa fair and just In the years of peace. Let ma say, too, that the plan provided by the military service act Is the only democratic way ot raising an army, it is not fair to the men who volunteered not to support them The days of the volunteer effort, during which many men �went to the front -who should have stayed at home, are done. If the military service act had not been passed at the last session, Canada would have had to bring Into use the old militia not' or Canada would have quit. That U not a nice thought to contemplate, and one that Canada is not ready to contemplate by any means at this time in her history. Conscription ef Wealth "t am delighted with the manifesto Of Sir Robert Borden Issued today. I tan especially delighted when he said that he will support the conscription of men with-measures for the con-HcrlptloD of wealth.' It is a statement qanadlanswlif'be proud to bear." Mr. Buohanah'then went on to state that there would wlthoofe doubt be a contest in this constituency, that an opposition candidate would shortly be chosen who would have the support of those elements ot the community who are of the opiaton that Canada has done-enough. Those opponents will support Sir Wilfrid Laurier's referendum .poUcy. isi, Buchanan declared that he had great respect for Sir Wil-, md. He la a very fine gentleman, but �^ilB teterendmn policy la wrong. It is ,i^n� on such a question in any country., A ^lend had written him dur-crisis at Ottaiva Bponslblllty of speaking for the people of tills constituency when I voted for the selective conscription policy at Ottawa Instead ot tor the referendum plan, end I am ready to support my stand before the people today. A referendum in Canada would be defeated. It was defeated in Australia. The voluntary system has failed. A continuance of that system would see Canada dropping out ot the war. Our divisions at the front would dwindle from four to three, from throe to two and from two to one and then none at all. Do you want to see that? asked the speaker. (Cries ot No, No). We want to see Canada In this war to the finish-a victorious finish. Some say it' is a pity we can't have unity lu Canada. We can't have unity by bending to the dictates ot the minority. The majority today are simply demanding that every man share the burden. That Is what union government Is asking and that is why It is getting the support of the mass ot the people. Remember the men who have gone to the front from this constituency and from tha Dominion. Do you want to be able to look these men square in tha eye when they come back? The men who vote against this measure in the coming election will not be able to do so. The men at the front from this constituency would feel disgraced if Lethbrtdge were to send a man to Ottawa who *as not in favor ot the co'nscrinMnn of man and the conscription ot wealth and resources as weil lor ihey icuow that the election ot the imion government means that Canada is tor the vigorous prosecution of the war. That is why Lethbridge riding should roll up a rousing majority-not for Buchanan but tor the cause Buchanan was chosen today to represent" � Set Aside-Not Abandoned Mr. Buchanan then went on to explain to old friends who had been en quiring, that he had not changed heart on old principles of party, Ke was simply putting those questions in the backgrounft for the duration of the war. Those principles were giving place to greater questions of more su preme Importance at this time. Thomas A; Crerar is setting his western policies behind him also. He has not given them up. And his action in putting them to one side till the big question of all is decided is supported by the Grain Growers' Guide, one of the most radical ot western papers, and by the grain growers ot Saskatchewan, one ot the most radical of western organizations. The One Big Interest "Opponents declare this is a 'big interests' government. Well, so it is. It is out for the biggest interest of all -the winning of the war. This government had been founded to accomplish that big interest only. If elected at the coming election I will support it so long as it sticks to that purpose. If It goes wandering away from the subject I'll be one ot the first to criticize it and vote against It, too, it need he, as I have done on occasions before with governments I was elected to support But I don't think this government will wander away from the main issua. The men who compose it want to see it a success. They have sacrificed much in organizing the government They know they have a great work to do and they know the people of Canada are looking to them with great confidence that they wiU do it. -After the cheers with which Mr. Buchanan's statement of his position on the main issues ot the day had been received, S. J, Shepherd rose and moved th6,Iollowing resolution which was unanimously adopted with cheers for both ilr. Ball and the candidate: y Be it resolved that this convention of electors of the federal riding of Lethbridge supporters ot union government do hereby express the fullest appreciation ot the patriotic motives actuating Mr. W. S. Ball in resigning his nomination as the Conservative candidate for the riding and In according his suijport to the nomination of W. A, Buchanan. The convention concluded with the singing ot the National Anthem. Following is a list of the delegates-Raymond-Geo. T. Wrlde, Thomaa Mendenhall, C. H. Bveson, Robert Webster.. Hyssop-Bd. McKenzle, W. A. Hamilton. Barnwell-W. S. Johnston, J. W. Anderson, L. Peterson. New Dayton - Wm. Scott, D. M. Boyd. Taber-R. D. Shiells, H. 'F. Annable, R. H. Anderson, J. H. Robinson, John Ross, C. C. Cook, E. R. Wlldmon, W B. Grubb, J. T. Wlllard. , Cardston - J. C. Cahoon, M A Coombs, F, Brown, J. Y. Card, F W Atkins. Coalhurst-L. P. Tuff, J. R. Sand-ham. Elcan-E. Williams. Magrath~P. W. Karren, C. Jensen, B. Matkln, W. T. Passey, C. H. Karren, A. Peterson, J. Bridge, G. W. Heather-shaw, D. H. Bingham. Lethbridge-W. S. Ball, W. L. Mc- Kenzle, N.T. MeLeod, F. Coipman, R. A. Smith, A. Hayr, R. V. Gibbons, E. H. Wilson, A. Williamson, R. V. May-nard, J. D. Higinbotham, J. Dawson, J. Scott, E. Livingstone, S. J. Shepherd. Lucky Strike-W. N. Merriam, Norton Roe, C. W. Whitney, S. Kingsbury. Bow Island-T. A. Marine, F. W. Brown, Geo. Evans, T. R. Blaine. Burdelt-S. W. Fletcher, W. Maxwell, S. EMord. Coalhurst-A. F. Canning, D. Mac-neSi. Foremost-ThoB. Walker, S. Hazel. A. D. Medhurst. Coaldale-J. McD. Davidson, A. Mitchell. CouttB-Wm. X>atton, G. Clark, H. Tennant, C. Hanskln, Purple Springs-J. R. Fletcher. Newlands-W. Cawdron, j. McXulty. Klpperivllle-H. Hlllia and D. D. Klp-pen. Stirling-J. W. Sykes. Raley-L. H. JeUiff, A Darby. Maybntt-R. M. Watson. Milk River-Thos. Tennant. li^avltt-Wm. Leavitt. WoolfBrd-L. Taylor, A. Lamb, A. that When a prairie fire broke Pitcher. W. to SDuthern Alberta they didn't Boundary Creek-Victor Irwin w atpp and .t^k^ a vote to see whether Simpson. tbvy VoM fl^t It.;^ They tought it Mountain View-H. L. w'est W aJU. tOOTther,- -Thatvls what we must Henderson, A. Henderson, l^b In this crisis. "I accepted the re- Royal mew-A. E. Duaea \ � f 'tS ay am. Yesterday an army of men started out to sell Victory Bonds. For the next three weeks theirs will be a colossal task. From Cape Breton to the Yukon, they will try to call at every city home, every farm home, and every office, factory, and business institution to ask people to buy Victory Bonds. Conceive, if you can, the magnitude of their work; the hard labour it involves, and the high necessity for it. Then, realizing all these things, do your utmost to make their task easier. Decide now to buy. Decide tKe amoant you will buy. Be ready to sign your application wben tbe salesman calls. / . .. �  " You should and will buy Victory Bonds, but, don't-please don't-ask the salesman to call again. The worker's time is limited. He has hundreds of calls to make; and although there is an army of workers, each one has a large field to cover. Don't say you're going to hold your application for someone else, because each worker is limited to his owii district. The salesman will not accept money. The application blank includes a form of cheque, payable to the Minister of Finance, which you can draw upon your bank; or, if you have not a bank account, there is a form of undertaking which you can use. CaUAd o 99 Issued by Catiada's Victory I^oan Committee in co-operation with, the Minister of Financ* ' of the Dominion of Canada. ^^^^^ ;