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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - October 21, 1908, Lethbridge, Alberta THE '.ETHBRIIXU Hfft ALO HON. FRANK OLIVER DEALS THE A. R. it CO. In a Speech At He Refers To a Recent Application For a Land Grant Which Made By That Company Cardston; Oct. Mr. Oli- ver, in his address at the Liberal meeting here Tuesday evening said the Liberal party had a policy of tar- iff for revenue, a policy of Western development, a. policy ul railvray de- velopment and completion, and an administration of the lands for the settler. They had a policy-under which this locality had achieved its remarkable condition of prosperity. (Cheers.) "In case the Liberal Government should be rejected at the proceeded .Mr. Oliver, "and their op- ponents obtain office, it is a matter of the people's concern to see what policy the latter would pursue. Have 'received 'any: information as to what policy the. Conservative party "would pursue? Neither Mr. talk nor Mr. Magrath's good fellowship assures us on that .point. People want to know where they are to get, off at in 'the morn- ing" of October 26. their op- "ponents, 'hive been trying, through- out this compalgn, to 'find this out the candidates and their..party, newspapers; and. I am bound to say that I have nof yet been able to do gp." "This is- not a game of 'marbles. It is' the -most serious question'that can engage "the attention of a serious 'and" business 'people. Yet the Con- 'servative representatives in the House of Commons have spoken night after night during'this campaign and never on- any occasion have they taken the people into their confidence as to what" they' proposed to do. Should they be given the confidence of the people. Ate "are bound to assume, as sensible business men "that they have, not any proposals to make.. (Laugh- ter and applause.) Has. Not a Policy The Conservative candidate i n this constituen.cy rip more, knows what policy he would support than the politics he in when he accepted the; nomination of the Con- servative party. (Laughter.) As sen- sible and buiness people, whose .vital interests 'are at stake in the reult this contest, I submit to-you, that the -easel 'on .-.behalf of Mr. Magrath, has not been made out either by. him- self or by .his very- eloquent friend, Mr. .-chairman corrected the speaker.MVfr.. the one will answer just as well as the other. Having read some, of- Mr. Ames' remarks, I had made my mind that he had gone farther from the truth than was possible for any other man. Since hearing Mr. Ives tonight, I am com- pelled to alter my opinion. (Laugh- "As has been stated to you to- night, I had. the very great honor of representing .this part, of the country" during two Parliamentary Necessarily I was in close touch with the. people. of this part of the country, when they were few in numbers and. were not _ able to_ en- force "consideration of their' rights and interests, "I ask, however, ,if any man can give anything like an instance in which a settler did not get.every consideration at my hands as his representative and at the hands of the" Liberal Government in administering the affairs of -this- country. (Cheers.) The transactions of the' Government have been with the people and you who have home, steaded have homesteadcd under the Liberal administration; or you who have had Timber Permits or other rights "have obtained them from the Government and I ask you to. judge-of the Liberal Government, its principle and .its party and by what you know of them. Is there any- thing in.your knowledge that will bear out" in the slightest degree the suggestions of impropriety, which have been placed before you by Mr. Ives. These gentlemen are appear- ing before you and telling you of things that you know a great, deal more about than they do. If. the people have been injured by.the pres- ent you are the peo- ple. whd: ought to know and it should not Mr. Ames to come from Montreal to- tell you how iniqu'itoujjiy the 'Liberal Government dealt with you.'. I'.assume that the 'people of .Cardston have ordin. they have sufficient intelligence to know when and where they "are hurt, but, in the estimation of Mr. Ames and of the party, in whose interests Mr. Ma- grath sis a candidate, and on .the face of the very 'statements .made by Mr. Ives, you do not' know any- thing about your 'own things. These people have to you what a rascally, iniquitous _ Government .it ia under 'which you have acquired your 'homestead rights. I do not think, we noed fear a judgment ar-. rived at by an intelligent commun. ity. There has( been .a great deal of work dorie, and that satisfactory re- sults have been attained, shows that it has been done under a sound policy for which the Governrpfint ought to be given" some credit, It'is reported tho Govern- pjent ihould be condemned because it has dealt so generausly with this district in the matter of build, ing railroads and breaking monopol- ies-as .it has with Edmonton or the Province of Saskatchewan. JMCiionai First let me point out that a man who tries to stir up local and sec- tional feeling, by representing that a certain locality is being unfairly treated, is undertaking a somewhat serious responsibility, because in a country so wide with a comparative- ly small population, the component parts do not hold together so strong- ly as they do in a country where the population is dense. The men who preach dissatisfaction in each par. ticular section of the country, are therefore to all intents and purposes apostles of sedition. This is strong language but ia nevertheless true.. Mr; Magrath has used this means to further his candidature. So far as the statement of fact is con- cerned, it is -absolutely untrue. What I asked was the first work of railway development which the Liberal Gov- ernment undertook to obtain power? It was the Crow's Nest Pass.. By. from-Lethbridge to Kootenay Land- ing.. I was your representative at the time, and when the Government gave the bonus of a mile for the building of the railroad, which would secure the development of Southern Alberta, I was living at Edmonton; and there-was. no. agitation in Ed- monton or anywhere else because Southern. Alberta was obtaining rail- road facilities. Liberalism stands for fair play.-as between all parts of the. country.. Whereever Canada can be best built up, there Canada shall be built it Is Southern Alberta one time or Northern-Alberta another time. (Cheers.) The Liberal party is not a party of sectionalism, but the Conservative party if one is to judge by the statements of its candidates, is the party of sectional- ism. You cannot build up Canada, however, on such a policy. (Cheers.) The Crow's Nest Pass Ey. cost the country and in the present campaign, Mr, Magrath's .political allies, are declaring in Eastern Can- ada that the building of the road was a scandal, a steal and a crime. If the Government loses in Eastern Canada, it will be because, amongst other things, it entered on the policy of developing Southern Alberta, by the building of the Crow's Nest Pass Eailway. The Road to Cardston The second scheme of railway de- velopment which the Liberal Gov- ernment assisted> was the St. Mary's River Ey., which gives railway com- munication to this locality. The Government gave a cash ''bonus for the, special' benefit of this locality lying, between Cardston and Leth- bridge, yet you are told you have a grievance against the Government because of its railway policy. Who is the man that tells you you have a Chas. Alex. Magrath. We, in this constituency happen to know something about the building of this line with which Mr. Magrath was at that time, and we know that although te Government offered the company a cash bonus to build into Cardston, the company re, fused to continue the line into Card- ston for two or three years, and to give the people railway communica- tion which the Liberal Government desired them to have. This is ihe gentleman who has been weeping crocodile tears because the Govern- ment has not been sufficiently gen- erous to Southern Alberta. If Card- ston has. a railroad today it is not only due to the( Liberal Government, but it is in spite of the intention of the company with which the Con- servative candidate was identified. (Applause.) Whoever has a right to Paul fault with the Government pol- icy, it is not the man of the company, which carries in its pocket something like. which was given to them to induce them to construct tiic present railroad. Competition Sold Out The people are told, I believe., that not only is the Government building railroads elsewhere, but is giving railroad competition as well, and it is not giving railroad competition here. There are many who may legi- timately make complaint on this ground, but I do not thinSc a man whose connection in this distirct has always been with the A. E. I., which recently I am informed has sold out a controlling interest to the C. P. E., and thereby absolutely destroyed whatevsd element of com- pcition there was, -is exactly the man to shed tears over it, or to give any satisfactory sympathy. We gave you a railway, develop- ment in accordance with our policy but that development did not carry with it railway competition. rail way to be a competing railway muyt begin where there is competition or there is So we to start with our competing railways from the east as :faet Jis we can, and when we have brought them into Alberta, you will have ccm pe- tition. But a railway uuilt isi AL beuta alone would certainly ot be a competing railway. Yet you are asked to complain because the petition is not already here. The Liberal Government has existence on railway development and competition, and every effort which has been put forward by mem- bers of the Conservatives, both in Parliament and out'of it, has btftri concentrated to -prevent that policy from being' carried out. We -houl-1 judge a party by: what they do ae well as what they say. The Gr-T-t Northern railway passes a few south of the International boundary, but under Conservative policy it was not., to compete lot traffic on the Canadian side of the line; it has been permitted to do so under Liberal policy. At the .last session of Parliament 'amongst the extrava- gances for which electors are ex- horted to 'turn the Government out of in respect "of which -Mr. Ives, I have no doubt, asks you to condemn the vote of a cash subsidy'of a mile for a line from Cardston to Macleod. (Loud .It is not a vote to any spe- cific railway company, it is merely a vote for a-line of railway between these two places, and the Great Nor- thern "will" be Just as''able under a Liberal administration to" secure the bonus as any other company. Re- newed' applause.) We -cannot, it is true go across" the International boundary and compel the' Great Nor- thern to run branches into this coun- try, but we can give Liberal induce- ments of which the Great Northern can avail itself if it wishes. We have gone thus far, in the interest of competition, and still you are'asked to weep because the. Liberal Govern- ment is not 'favorable to .competition in this part of Alberta." How .much railway competition I asK, may you expect if Mr. Magrath is elected and if Ms friends obtain power. In 1905, the Great Northern tried to "get a charter to build into southeastern British Columbia, and every Conser- vative member of the railway com- mittee was on hand to vote against: the company bj-in.g cr088 the boundary. Every Conservative member from the West stood up on that occasion like a.little man and. for the principles of his party. I assume that if Mr. Magrath be elected as a Conservative he will have to follow his party, and the actions of his party from 1881 un- til the present time has been in fav- or of railway' monopoly in Western Canada, (hear, hear.) Giving Back the Land Mr. Ives eloquently demanded that I should give you back your land. The Liberal Government has been giving back the land to the people of the West at the rate of two and a half million acres' in the last thirty days. (Cheers.) We are giving back the lands just as fast as the people are willing to take them and use them. The record' of nearly two and a half million acres will compare very favorably with our opponents record. We, -in the thirty days, mentioned, gave back to the people, just as much as they did in the laet- four years of their administration. Disposal Of Coal My friend, Mr. Ames, or rather Mr. Ives, well it does not matter which, because his is the same speech, that bell boys and chamber maids had applied for coal mines from the de- partment of the Interior and you are asked to believe that it is a scan- dal for a bell boy or a chambermaid to apply for- an area of coal lands. Let us understand this matter from the start. The coal lands were offer, ed fof sale to whoever, might apply for them at-ten dollars'an acre sub- ject to a royalty of ten cents on -every ton mined.., The first applicant was to get the claim. I ask you, la- dies and gentlemen, whether, provid- ed the money was forthcoming, the department had any business to en- quire whether the applicant was a bell-boy..oriany body else. .The ques- tion had he the ten dollars for each acre of land required. If the ap- pliant- had that ten dollars, he or she, as the case may be, had a right to- demand-the land, and may I let you into the secret of success of the Liberal the first ap- plicant got the land every time.. In the happy days ol the Coservative Government, whoever applied for anything, had to have his political faith vouched for.: The Liberal Gov- ernment's administration has been an absolute success because it has been giving a: square dual. First -come, first man and the money, and.no question asked. (Loud Mr. Oliver explained Govern- ment's relations with the Alberta Irrigation Company, which -of 'late have not been amicable! He said that the Government allowed .them to bunch their land grant so.. that, it could be served by irrigation scheme, and when this carried out, :the Government allowed tfiem to, ac- quire lor development a tract of half