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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - October 21, 1908, Lethbridge, Alberta THE LETHBRIDGE WEEKLY HERALD HON. MR. OLIVER'S SPEECH TO RAYMOND ELECTORS Says Southern Alberta Will Have Railroad Competition A Reference To Grazing Leases and Irrigation Raymond, Oct. his address j which was unique on the prairies. at Liberal meeting here Monday night, J. W. Wool! said Mr. Oliver instrumental in doing away with land grant iu aid ol railway coa- itruction. Mr. Oliver contended that the policy of giving land grants caus- ed the burden of aiding railway con- struction to fall solely oa. Western whereas whole of Cana- da ought to pay. Cash bonuses alone now given and the whole of Ca- nada now paid for the aid of railway construction. Conservative government's tar- j unsuitable and the country did cot prosper. In the last twelve years of the Conservative administration, the total foreign trade was and in the twelve years of the Liberal government 600. The total exports, under the Raymond was a tangibly and expression of government's policy and, inasmuch as sucu was the case, surely its inoabiituits would support the party, which had stood for de- velopment and progress and would confirm them in prosperity and help them to advance. Had Enemies It has been said' of a great man that he was loved for the enemies he had made. The Liberal government had made enemies in its efforts after the general well being of the people J and he hoped that it might be said of the Laurier government that it was loved, because of the enemies it urea of land wan not of cul- tivation, and, as it tha Liberal government's policy to fat the land put to best possible and ua the greatest addition to the publte wealth could be obtained from land could be obtained from land to agriculture, it dttideJ to grant nj more closed leisM, ljut V> grant only leases, subject to cancellation on two years' notice. So that, if any lane which was being grazed was, at any time, found to be suitable for agri- culture, it could be converted to ag- riculture, within, a reasonable per- iod. The Conservatives now describ- ed this granting of closed" leases, which MAHC AND DCSICH A deliciously dainty chocolate confection indescribably inviting and toothsome. Like all cf Cowan's specialties, of superlative excellence. The name "Cowan" stamped on every bud. Cowan Co. Limited, Toronto. the last Conservative govern- ment freely granted, dividing up prac The attacks cf its oppoa j tic--y the whole country into closed had made. cr.ts in the present campaign were 1 grazing lease areas, as m. scandal and virulent to the extreme and there was a looting of the public domain, no scrupulousness as to the choice of j exclaimed Mr. Oliver, "when Liberals, were as com.! inettn5' whercb-v the downfall of the [settlers warned to go to such areas, pared with Ex- j government might be brought about, j m old days, Conservative go ports of farm produce were 1106 Misrepresentation and falsification j venonwat had them forcibly ejected: as compared with used restraint, and the and manner of ejection 000. The speaker reminded the au-f Barters of its supporters were slan times, absolutely cruel. I will Jered. It WAS said that the public j an. instance. A man named Dun- domain had been looted to make lav- i bar settled west of Maeleod, before orites rich, and innocent transactions country there put under a justified on the grounds of public pol-j closed grazing lease, and he thought ieya, for the development of the coun- j be had a right to aettle in the par- try's resources, were represented as j ticular suot in which was located frauds on the community. He appeal-1 The Mounted Police were sent to tear ed to those present to judge of the! down his house and he was driven off j honesty of the government by their the land- Sucn the grazing lease own dealings with the government, if j policy that obtained under the Con- they had any. and not to be led i servative government. It not astray by the slanderous misrepresen obtain today however, and never will; tations of the government's oppon- J obtain aeain, so long aa Libera ents. The allegations of wrong do- government is in power." (Ap ing never came from the people who j plause.) were supposed to have been affected j Irrigation Policy by the government's rascality, theyj Mr. Oliver further explained that in always originated from accordance with policy of getting whose interest it was to blacken the j tho land put to its best possible use, character of the government. j the government has provided for the FIVE MORE YEARS FOR LAURIER! (Tune, Good Bye, Dolly what the government had done 0 I for tha sugar ind-ustry and pointed j out that although Mr. Magrath j miight be an excellent man, he sup- ported the wrong party and they! should therefore, vote for Mr. Sim-! 1 Mr. Oliver explained that this was f a. country of government by tha peo- ple, that on election day the people were supreme, and that, as .were cast the ballots, so was determined rbe eharactar of the administration. Tisre was a great difference between the result of a general election, in the United States. Tha three branches government in the United. States t-be president, senate and house of each severally j elected by the ueople and each had a separate 'mandata from the people aad each, was independent of the other. Each was intended to be a f-heck or balance upon the other. So that. presidential elec- in progress, when, there was a tion, such as was and a Republican president, say, was chosen, next year, as a result of tho senatorial elections, there might pos- sibly. though not probably, be a Dem Did Not Sell Land sale of dry lands, capable of being rendered fertile by irrigation; and The Liberal government was accus- ed, -for instance, of having sold land j t _, i its legislation in lav? to speculators. The Conservative government, no doubt, did; but there was not a person in Raymond or any where in the neighborhood that had had bought land from the government to speculate, not sell land. The government did It gave it away to senate, and, as a. result of a. settlers, on settlement conditions, its further general election, thera might a. Republican house of roprosonta- fcives. The result was that under uo circumstances, in the United States, did any single election of a of representatives cr an absolute change in. policy or administration. Canada also had three branches in government. .First there was the governor-general, lie stood in the place of a president in the Canadian constitution. He WAS appointed, and, therefore, held Mandate from the ueople. While in- Ttated with certain authority, that authority was so seldom used that, for a.11 practical purposes, it did not purpose being to secure the cultiva- tion of its territory. (Applause.) There had been an enormous amount of land purchased in this vicinity, is made many contracts of sale m respect of land, which it was sought to bring under irrigation. One of tlicse con- tracts was with the Bobbins Irriga- tion Land Company. The govern- ment had agreed to transfer to that company, on condition that they ir- rigated it, a. tract of acres near Medicine Plat. The price was an acre; but, aa the company could not obtain an Acre without the Our System of Government Nest there was the Senate. This also was appointed, holding no direct from the people. Third, there was the House of Commons. SThis was elective and from it eman- ated all the executive and legislative functions of the state. The party obtaining the majority in the House of Commons, ruled the country and men, chosen from their ranks, be- came heads of the various depart- ments of government. The House of Commons was, therefore, the arbiter ef the destinies of Canada; and the j-encral election which decided the membership of the House of Commons incidentally decided which of the two policies, presented for consideration fay the two political parties, should j prevail in the next parliamentary term. An election in Canada, was something more than an expression of opinion. It was something a great deal more than a declaration of per- sonal or party preference. It was a definite and decisive exercise of the powers of government by the peoplo. As they marked their ballots on elec- but every acre of it was given by! the Conservative government as a bonus to the railway company to I assist the building of the line from Lethbridge to the boundary and from Lethbridge to Dunmore. The Liberal government never gave or sold an acre of the land to anyone. It was given away by the Conserva- tive government, in accordance withj its ideas for the development of the country. Yet the attempt -was being to deceive electors and' make them believe that the Liberal govern expenditure of it waa un- fair to represent it, as the Conaerva- tives had done, a matter of sell- ing at a dollar an acre. This contract with the Robbing Irrigation Co. was described ano- ther instance of "looting1" the public domain, and he appealed to them, with their knowledge of irrigation Politics are in the I And th- people all Five more years for Laurier, That is what the people say. They are shouting it You must finish up your You were never known to shirk., LATJRTER! Ancl your watchword it shall be Finish up the G. T. P. Let her stretch from aea to CHORUS: Good by.> little Dolly Borden You -can go to Halifax up your One-man platform Or trim it with an axe. 'Taint the kind of one we're wanting. It won't help to make us grow. Good bye little Dolly Borden, Good bye. you must go. Now it's "On to Hudson's Open up a quicker Five years-more will push it through "We can put it up to you, For we know what you will You'v.- been putting in good Since the year of "Ninety Tories left us standing still But your Immigration Bill. Has begun-the West to payment for Daly's abandonment? I enclose a sketch of the locality, with the station ground marked thereon. Please telegraph me on receipt of this if anything can bo done, as it is very desirable to get up a station this point, and some accom- modation for people coming in, as, it will be auite an important distribut- ,ing poiut as well for the country to the north towards Fort Ellice, as to the south west towards the Pipe- stone and Moose Mountain. j J. S. ilcTAVI C.P.R. Land Commissioner This telegram was answered by Drinkwater by a telegram: "Gopher matter ranged us sug- gested in you letter of the J8tc7" Later Mr. Druikwnter