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Brokers and Financial Agents
Real Estate, B. C. Lands
Timber, Coal  and  Iron
Telephone 471
620 Yates Street
:-    Victoria, B.C.
The Week
A British Colombia Newspaper and Review,
Pabllahtd at Victoria. B. e.
Wellington Colliery
Company's Coal
1232 Gov't St.
Telephone 83
Vol. 10.   No.
Tenth Year
the week, Tuesday; march 26,1912
Tenth Year
One Dollar Per Annum
Government Candidate for Victoria
—At this stage of  the  campaign,
when it is now practically a certainty
It Mr. McBride's prophecy that forty-
I) straight Conservative members would
|returned to the Provincial House is goto be exactly fulfilled, it is more than a
fe amusing to listen to the increased earn-
less with which the Liberals are begging
Conservatives to allow them to have
lie representation in the House. The con-
[trated essence of the ground upon which
ly are imploring this favour appears to
lthe somewhat remarkable one that it is
rood thing for a country that a Govern-
Int should have a strong Opposition. This
ry new axiom is laid clown with a re-
lshing positiveness that neither seems to
|e into account the fact that Governments
ry in character and  capacity, or that
[.positions may do the same thing.   There
absolutely nothing in the science of Gov-
liment which permits of so broad a gen-
\lization as that every Government must
Ive an Opposition.    It is conceivable—
|d, without wishing to rake up too unkind-
and explicitly the gloomy past, nobody
lows it better than the Liberal Party of
inada-r-that Governments may come into
listence, whose abuses of public trusts or
pompetent   management may   render it
jst desirable, in fact necessary, that the
Iry   strongest   Opposition   should   exist
■jainst them in the interests of the country,
the 21st of last September, for instance,
ch an Opposition, with just such a crying
led for its existence, was on hand to save
Inada and depose a Government which
Id plundered and betrayed it.   To quote
lother instance nearer home, it was just
Ich   an   Opposition,   led   by   the   Hon.
Ichard McBride, which nine years ago
|t a decisive end to a period cf misgoverning which had brought British Columbia
I the verge of bankruptcy, and, by assum-
the   reins   of   power,    inaugurated
lumphantly the era of good government
|d advancement, the fruits of which we
are now enjoying. In both of these instances the lack of an Opposition would
have meant untold misfortune to the
Dominion of Canada in the first case, and
to the Province of British Columbia in the
Opposition Not Always Necessary
But it is to be remarked, in both these
cases, as in all cases where an Opposition
has effected good work in the interests of
the country, the Opposition was called into
being by the very needs of the situation, it
grew stronger as the very evils which it was
fighting increased, and it finally overcame
and swept from existence the Governments
to whom those evils were due. In other
words, the common sense and righteousness of the people asserted themselves and,
under good leaders, finally saved Country
and Province from great disaster. But the
fact that an Opposition has done good work
in various instances in checking the operation or effecting the downfall of a cor-
Government, the numerical difference between the two parties was an extremely
small one, and, had the Liberal Party in
any way shown a capacity or even a desire
for "making good," there is no sort of
doubt that they would have received sufficient popular support to enable them to
take their place on the Treasury benches.
Yet what are the facts? From 1903 on,
each successive election has seen the Liberal
Party in the Provincial House diminished,
until the last election reduced the Liberal
representation in the local Legislature to
one solitary individual, while the evening
of March 28th will probably see the election of a Legislature which will not even
contain one of that persuasion. It is idle
to raise the cry that the people have been
deceived. The cleverest organization on
earth could not deceive an electorate so
widely scattered over so many districts with
differing needs and interests as that of
British Columbia, for so lengthy a period.
rupt or incompetent Government does not
by any means imply that an Opposition is,
or should be, an integral part of the Government machinery of a country, any more
than it implies that all Governments are
corrupt and incompetent. In the case of
a good Government, an Opposition—especially in the accepted Liberal sense of the
term—is no more necessary than a fifth
wheel on a coach, and, what is much more
dangerous, may easily degenerate, as the
conduct of the Liberal Party in Britisli
Columbia during the past nine years has
abundantly shown, into a factious organization of self-seeking special pleaders,
careless of the country's interests so long
as they can by deliberate falsehood or ingenious misrepresentation deceive a sufficient number of the people to secure them
their seats and their Parliamentary wages
This may sound severe, but no more striking illustration of its truth can be found
than in the history of the Liberal Party
in British Columbia from 1903 to the present time.
Incapacity of Liberal Opposition
As has previously been pointed out in
these columns, while the Liberal Party in
1903 was in Opposition to the Conservative
Cause of Liberal Downfall
It is obvious, therefore, that we must
turn elsewhere for the solution of the remarkable and progressive elimination of the
Liberal person from the list of the Province's representatives. This solution is
without doubt to be found in the tactics
employed by the Liberal candidates themselves, the Liberal members—when there
were any—and lastly, the Liberal Press.
For three weeks past both Liberal candidates and Liberal Press have been shouting aloud the imaginary necessity of a
strong Opposition in the local Legislature.
And yet, the record of the past nine years
shows that, when they were numerically
a strong Opposition in the House, they
showed themselves completely incapable of
using that strength for the one solitary
purpose which justifies the presence of a
man as an elected member on the floor of
that House, viz., the good of his country
and the people who sent him there. Nine
years ago, under the leadership of J. A.
Macdonald, John Oliver, VV. W. Mclnnes
ancl Stuart Henderson, the Liberal Opposition wasted the time of the House ancl
brought themselves into contempt by
trumped-up ancl foundationless charges and
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'-   1
F.   W.   DAVEY
Government Candidate for Victoria
by unwarrantable insinuations, which involved everybody, from the clerks in the
King's Printer's office clear up to the Premier himself. They demanded Commissions, Royal ancl otherwise, w.hich wasted
the money of the people ancl resulted in
nothing. When at last the people wearied
of their antics ancl, after cutting the liberal
representation in the House in half in 1907,
reduced it to an absurd minimum two years
later, and gave every other unequivocal
sign of their disapproval of Liberal tactics, do we find that the few survivors in
the House or out of it, in its Press or its
paid leaders, show any signs of having
learnt the lesson so repeatedly impressed
upon them? No, far from it Go to a
Liberal meeting today, take up a Liberal
paper today, from one end of the Province
to the other, and you will find the same
old system—one cannot call it a policy—
of criticism which is only abuse, of faultfinding without suggested remedy, of destruction without construction. Worse
than this, so incapable of perceiving their
own interests, so devoid of public spirit,
are these men ancl newspapers of the
Liberal Party, that they have not hesitated
—frenzied by their blind lust for office
ancl the control of the Treasury—to spread
broad-cast on platform ancl in newspaper
deliberate falsehoods which, were one-tenth
of them believed, would deprive this Province of every vestige of financial credit,
and would cause the investor and the settler
to turn aside from our fair and prosperous
country as if it were the desert of Sahara.
Liberal Blue-Ruin Talk
No excuse of partizanship, no frothily-
mouthed platitudes about zeal for public
morality and good Government, can excuse
for one moment the deliberately damaging
statements which have been made about the
Province of British Columbia in general
and the City of Victoria in particular by
such publications as the Victoria Times and
other chosen mouth-pieces of thc "Grand
Old Liberal Party."    Speaking at Green- THE WEEK, TUESDAY, MARCH 26, 1912
wood some ten days ago, in reply to a
Socialist interrupter, Premier McBride remarked very truly that, to hear the blue-
ruin talk of the average spieler of that
breed, one would wonder that British Columbia was on the map at all. He might
with equal truth have said the same thing
about the Press and platform orators of
the Liberal Party. It is indeed a fortunate
thing that the wise policy of Premier McBride and his colleagues during their tenure
of office—neither attempting to do too much
at first, nor hesitating to grapple with the
bigger undertakings when they, in their
turn, naturally developed from small beginnings—has stamped the whole Administration so unmistakably with the seal of
administrative and business ability, and has
so plainly shown to the financial and commercial world the splendid spectacle of a
rich but undeveloped Province being steadily advanced, year by year, prudently yet
energetically, towards the foremost position it will eventually occupy in the Canadian Confederation, that the inept faultfinding and unreasoning abuse poured out
upon the McBride Government by the
Liberal Party has altogether failed in effect.
And the people—who are by no means such
fools as riot to know the difference between
good times and bad—have decided to judge
the McBride Government by what the McBride Government has done rather than by
what the Liberal Party may choose to say.
It is the world-old story of the contest
between hot air and good works. The good
works last; hot air evaporates.
In the above remarks it has been
clearly shown how greatly the Liberal Party and the Liberal Press have
helped to wipe themselves out of the field
of Provincial politics. At the same time, it
is well to remember that many a certain
victory has been turned into shameful defeat by the besetting sin of all strong parties
—tlie sin pf over-confidence, the military
crime of despising and under-estimating the
enemy. Human nature is human nature, and
it should not be over-looked that the magnificent state of wealth and prosperity to
which to which the capable and businesslike policy of Premier McBride ancl his
colleagues has brought the Province of
British Columbia, renders her a much richer
prize by many hundred million dollars for
the unscrupulous and money-hunting politician than she was ten years ago. We
are putting the matter with brutal but
necessary frankness when we state that
there is at present enough cold cash iri the
Provincial Treasury to buy up half-a-dozen
such corrupt groups as the Liberal Party
in British Columbia has repeatedly proved
itself to be. The prospect of having this
great wealth at their disposal will spur the
Liberals to the most unusual exertions. For
this reason it is most earnestly urged upon
every Conservative voter to fulfil his duty
to himself and the Party, to conserve this
great wealth for the still further advancement and prosperity of the Province in
which he is doing so well, by being most
particular to cast his vote at the polls and
to see that each and every one of his Conservative friends and neighbours exercises
the same care. Chairmen of Ward Committees, Platform-speakers, the Press and
every friend of the Conservative Party
should lose no opportunity from now to the
last vote at the polls of impressing upon
the Conservative electorate the imperative
necessity of voting every name on the list.
It is not enough to talk with joyous certainty of a clean sweep, of forty-two elected Conservative members—we have got to
elect those members, Ancl that can only
be done by polling every Conservative that
can be got to the booths, for the ideal is a
very high one, and will, if attained, we
think, be the first occasion of its kind in
British Constitutional History. This little
note of warning is not sounded idly, but is
the result of certain definite information.
Don't despise the enemy.
VICTORIA'S BIG FOUR—So clearly is the mind of the Victoria electorate made up to return as their
representatives in the Provincial Legislature the "Big Four" who have clone such
good service to the City in the past, that
it seems hardly necessary to dwell at any
length upon a victory so certainly assured,
or to recapitulate on their behalf the good
work that they have done for the City in
past years, since those good works speak
more loudly for themselves than the most
convincing oratory. Nevertheless, at the
risk of seeming unkind, one cannot forbear
from a few words of comment on the
humorous side of their contest, as exemplified by the desperate tactics of their
opponents. Conspicuously funny along
this line of opposition is our dear old friend
the Victoria Times. Failing in every attempt to bring anything against Victoria's
representatives in the local House of a
nature to detract from their well-known
public usefulness, the Times has sat itself
down to hatch up a grand plot, based upon
the one subject upon which it is qualified
to speak with authority—party dissension
and treachery. In all details of this sort
our amiable Fort Street contemporary is
thoroughly at home—and with the best of
reasons. Most of us will remember, and
chuckle grimly over the recollection, the
what Party dissensions mean. And the
Times—for quite other reasons besides the
fact that it is the journal of the Liberal
Party—is even better qualified to speak on
the subject. But only so far as the Liberal
Party is concerned. When it tries to
measure other men's corn by its own bushel
by applying the questionable ethics of
Liberal political morality to the Conservative Party, it only becomes ridiculous, and
exposes the weakness of its own hand. One
of the strongest factors in the immense
amount of good which Messrs. McBride,
Thomson, Behnsen and Davey have been
instrumental in doing for Victoria is the
way in which they have always pulled together as one man in the City's interests,
without a word of dissension or a thought
of self-seeking. Their work speaks for itself in the magnificent and prosperous city
whicii is growing up around them, in the
gigantic, yet judiciously planned public
works, whose completion will at an early
first beginnings in Victoria of that domestic
strife which finally tore the Liberal Party
to fragments and eventually reduced it to
what it is today, a howling derision upon
our public streets. One need not mention
names, but most of our readers will recall
the comic spectacle of family discord and
heart-burning with which the Grand Old
Liberal Party would amuse the citizens, as
with a somewhat sordid vaudeville, a few
years back. A certain young lawyer would
dash up the street, the old-ivory yellow of
his forensic brow furrowed like a newly-
ploughed Manitoba wheat-field, and his.
pallid lips twisting like a newly-caught
salmon, and would plunge into the privacy
of an aged Senator. After a brief interlude of fierce recrimination, the pair of
them would rush in search of a fuel merchant and the uproar would be intensified.
Then would follow a hurried meeting of
young and old members of the Grand Old
Party, in which, amid unseemly uproar, the
successful few, who had grabbed their
shares of the loaves and fishes from Ottawa, would endeavour to explain to the
hungry many just why the said hungry
many should not be fed with the crumbs
that fell from their masters' table. Then
would come letters to the papers, changes
of heart, and reconsiderations of political
convictions "in the interests of the public."
Yes, thanks to those old days, the citizens
of Victoria are thoroughly acquainted with
date place Victoria in the forefront of the
world's metropolitan centres, and in the
policy of railway development which is
making Victoria the port of entry and outgo for an enormous section of the Pacific
Coast. Unfortunately for the Times and
the Liberal Party, nothing in their whole
history since Confederation has trained
them to comprehend such single-minded de ■
votion to the public interests. That is why
the Times tells us all these funny stories
about the Conservative Party in general and
Victoria's "Big Four" in particular.
position taken by The Week with
reference to the Esquimalt election
has now been amply justified by the attitude being assumed by the electors of that
constituency. It is not too much to say
that the straight-forward, manly conduct
of his campaign by Mr. R. H. Pooley, the
Government candidate, devoid alike of sentimental whining or malignant abuse, has
firmly impressed the electorate in his favour, and now, forty-eight hours before
polling day, it can be said with certainty
that his election is assured by a handsome
majority. The worthy son of a worthy
father, of one who has borne somewhat
more than his share of the hard work of
administration and development in a young
and growing country, the people may look
with confidence for the same devotion to
their interests and the same capable
efficient representation oh the part of
son that were such distinguishing feat
in the public career of his honoured pat
In this connection, it should not be
gotten that Premier McBride will add
a meeting tomorrow  (Wednesday) e
ing in the Masonic Hall at Esquimalt in
interests of Mr. R. H. Pooley, whose n
ination by the Convention has already
ceived  his  hearty  support.    There
doubtless be a large attendance at this rr
ing, as the number of Richmonds in
field has invested the contest in this
stituency with a peculiar interest.
Saanich the return of the Hon
M. Eberts by an over-whelr
majority has been from the first a prac
certainty. In proportion to its populai
it is probable that no district in Br
Columbia, outside of the big towns,
profited so greatly from the business
administration of the McBride Governr
as has the Saanich Peninsula. Its adv
ageous position, its fertile soil and beau
scenery, its large area of sea frontage,
its close neighbourhood to the Capita
British Columbia, have eminently fitted
favoured locality to be the home of a 1
and prosperous population. Yet for n
years prior to 1903 the Saanich Dis
lay practically asleep, her natural adv
ages overlooked by the investor and se
and her scanty population content to
sue mild agriculture in the mildest fi
With the growth of Victoria commel
the growth of Saanich. The same pi
which is awaking to progress and ope
to settlement the most remote corner:
our vast Province has already had its e
upon the lovely district which the Hon
M. Eberts has so well represented in
years and which is now again abou
trust its interests into his capable ha
In Saanich, as elsewhere, every man,
man and child is sharing the prospi
brought to this Province by the Gov
ment of which Mr. Eberts is an hono
member, and they have no desire to
danger their prosperity or to make m<
out of their own pockets by voting ag:
a policy which has enriched them all.
Hon. A. E. McPhillips, whose
turn as representative of the Isl,
Constituency is another of the certaii
of the present campaign, has, like
Eberts, the representation of another
trict which for many years lacked pi
attention, but is now coming to the fi
Until the development of the growing
sources of British Columbia "by good
ernment management brought capital
population to the country, the Islands
stituency, sparsely settled and not ah
easy of access by reason of deficient tt
portation facilities, laboured under n
disadvantages. These are now being c
come, better mail service and better ti
portation methods for freight and pas
gers are taking the place of the old ui
tain means of intercourse, with the r
that this beautiful section of the cou
has immensely increased in value, in p
lation and in wealth of production dt
the past few years. With incre
wealth comes the burden of increased
sponsibilities, but the electors of the Isl
constituency- are evidently of the opi
that in the Hon. A. E. McPhillips they
a man of sufficient strength and inte:
to administer under the new conditior
efficiently and satisfactorily as he did u
the old.
interesting evidence of the atti
of popular opinion towards the
Bride Government is afforded by the
that practically a quarter of the e
House has already been returned
acclamation as supporters of the Const
tive Party. Not only is such an occurs
to the best of our knowledge and bi
without a parallel in Canadian political
tory, but it is doubly significant when
considers the diversity of those cons
encies, in point of geographical dist
between them, and the inevitable resu
difference of local interests. Yet, wh
came to a question of pronouncing i
the merits of the  McBride Governr THE WEEK, TUESDAY, MARCH 26, 1912
thought the same as Chilliwack, Al-
the same as Kaslo and Grand Forks,
lstoke and Cranbrook the same as
nond and the Similkameen. No chance
or popularity of an individual could
mt for such a similarity of decision
dely separated districts such as those
d. It is emphatically a vote of con-
:e in the policy pursued by Premier
ride and his colleagues during the past
years, and an unmistakable indication
e state of public opinion throughout
'rovince. Taken at its full value it
/ justifies the confident anticipation
the evening of Thursday will see a
lete Provincial House of forty-two
:rvative members.
—The primary cause of the present
electoral campaign is the right and
r desire of Premier McBride and his
■jues to receive from the electorate of
rovince a definite endorsation of the
y policy laid before the House at
)se of fhe session ending last month,
jolicy is in reality simply an exten-
f, and advance upon, the policy which
:ars and a half ago received so de-
a. support from the voters of British
bia.   Since, in the period which has
I between the bringing down of the
ilway policy and the bringing down
second, the development and pros-
of British Columbia has advanced by
tnd bounds, her credit in the world's
al centres enormously strengthened
r personal wealth greatly increased,
ht have been supposed that even a
1 Columbia Liberal would have had
Dn sense enough to realise the fact
lie new policy will put more money
s pocket as a citizen of tlie Province,
resources it is destined to develop.
_e, it is necessary to point out, the
y policy upon which the electors of
i Columbia will place the seal of their
ral next Thursday, is nothing more
he legitimate and natural and inevit-
evelopment of the railway policy of
nd a half years ago which has so
justified the hearty endorsation wliieh
ctors then gave it.   In the broadest
ost public-spirited sense, the present
y policy now awaiting the popular
t is not a matter of partizan politics
: it is above all things a measure de-
: to benefit the people of the Province-
•/hole, irrespective of political convic-
or party affiliations.   A man may be
:ral, or he may be a Conservative, or
i Socialist, but there are few men in-
}f any political stripe who have rein the Province for the past nine years
lave not benefited enormously by the
:rity which has been the result of the
it   administration   of Premier Mc-
and his colleagues.   It should there-
■nirely  have  been  possible   for  the
Is of British Columbia, no matter
itter their personal prejudices might
•een, to have recognized the fact that
esent railway policy is one designed
e welfare of British Columbia as a
and to so have governed themselves
liscuss the project from the point of
)f a true statesman's regard for the
welfare.   But such a line of conduct
e outside the capacity of the Liberal
They attack the railway policy on
.in ground that Premier McBride and
leagues have entered into a conspir-
ith Messrs. Mackenzie & Mann to
e Province of British Columbia, and
tting well paid for lending the sup-
i their Administration to put the steal
h.   No thought of the welfare of the
enters the Liberal mind, they are in-
. by heredity and training of colliding the imperative need for exten-
llway construction to render access-
e huge areas where tlie vast natural
:es of our Province lie stored away;
olitical eyesight is too weak to see be-
le Treasury benches—those Treasury
s from whicii their own folly, ignor-
nd corruption have barred them for
30g years and seem likely to bar
or another generation.
Is. as Railway Critics
ever, since the Liberal Party pre-
stand aloof and criticise and abuse
•Bride railway policy, it will be both
tive and amusing to spare a few
ts to the consideration of their quali
fications to act as critics or as judges. The
man who undertakes to criticise another's
work, or to condemn it, should be possessed of some practical experience on
which to base his criticism in the one case,
and should be able to suggest an alternative
to that which he condemns in the other.
The Liberal Party neither possesses such
experience nor offers such alternative. In
view of the Liberals' loudly shouted claims
to public support, it is a significant fact
that the Liberal Party has never had anything to do with the development of Canada
by railways, except in the solitary instance
of the Grand Trunk Pacific, with which we
shall deal in a few minutes. Their opposition to the construction of the C. P. R.,
their groundless fears of the size of the
undertaking and childish lack of faith in
their own country, are matters of Canadian political history. In the case of the
C. P. R., time has shown how weak and
foolish were their fears and how gross their
Sir Wilfrid Laurier went to the country
eight years ago, keep cropping up in a
fashion which has disgusted even the most
faithful of his supporters. Let us hear a
Liberal newspaper upon the Liberals' solitary railway policy. Everybody knows the
Winnipeg Tribune as one of the strongest
of Sir Wilfrid Laurier's supporters and one
of the bitterest Liberal papers in Canada.
Yet the developments which are now coming out in the Dominion House of Parliament in regard to Sir Wilfrid Laurier's
dealings with the Grand Trunk Pacific
Railway have moved the Winnipeg Tribune
to express its opinion of its own Liberal
Party in these remarkable words:—
"Every intelligent Canadian who hr.s
"any stake in the country, who desires to
"see it succeed, and who has any spark of
"patriotism in his make-up, must stand
"aghast at the figures laid before Parlia-
"ment by the Hon. Frank Cochrane, Minister of Railways, with regard to the course
ignorance of the country whose destinies
they impudently posed as being qualified to
control. Yet the lesson thus taught has not
been taken to heart, and the sons of the
Liberals who fought against the construction of the great trans-continental line
which has made Canada in the eyes of the
world are to be found today clinging to the
same old errors and fighting every foot of
railway construction in Canada that has
been initiated by the policy of the Conservative Party, without possessing the energy
or intellect to formulate a railway policy
of their own.
The One Exception
The Grand Trunk Pacific Railway is
referred to above as the one exception since
Confederation where the Liberal Party of
Canada has tried its hand at the construction of a railway policy. The Grand Trunk
Pacific, as fathered by Sir Wilfrid Laurier
and his associates, was to have been completed from the Atlantic to the Pacific by
1911. It is now 1912, and Providence alone
knows in what year of the present decade
the line will be finished. It is a subject
upon which most Liberals would fain keep
silent, but the enormities of the astonishing
deal in railways, on the strength of which
"so far of the Grand Trunk Pacific Railway."
This well-known Winnipeg champion of
the former Liberal Government at Ottawa
then proceeds to recall the ridiculous undertakings of the late Liberal Government regarding the cost of the project and the
high-handed and disgraceful manner in
which it was forced recklessly through
Parliament. The Tribune then goes on to
"Upon reflection and in the light of the
"appalling statement whicli Mr. Cochrane
"has just made before Parliament with re-
"gard to the Grand Trunk outrage, we are
"irresistibly driven to the confession that
"the loss of Reciprocity was, after all, not
"too great a price to pay for the defeat
"ancl obliteration of a Government responsible for such a state of affairs as has just
"been revealed to the country. Indeed, we
"are prepared to go even further ancl say
"that it would be far better in the interests
"of the people of the Dominion of Canada,
"ancl especially in the interests of the poor
"settlers on the plains, who have suffered
"so grievously this season, that their wheat
"should lie ancl rot on the ground for a de-
"cade rather than have the country saddled
"with a trans-continental railway, costing
"a figure which will make it impossible for
"all time to come to afford relief to the
"West in the matter of freight rates. The
"names of the men responsible for this appalling outrage should stink in the nos-
"trils of every decent-thinking Canadian."
Thus is the Liberal Party as a critic and
constructor of railways condemned by its
own most fervent supporter. Will Mr. William Templeman, whose burning denunciations of the McBride Railway Policy in the
columns of his paper contribute each night
to the gaiety of, this joyous community, and
who was one of the gentlemen so feelingly
alluded to by the Winnipeg Tribune, be
good enough to favour the public of British
Columbia with a word of explanation on the
subject of his qualifications and experience
in building Canadian railways with Canadian money for the benefit of the Canadian
A feature of the McBride Railway
Policy which would still further commend it in the eyes of every voter throughout the Province is that it is a powerful
factor, ahd has already proved itself that, in
stimulating railway competition in this
Province. Two years and a half ago, when
the Hon. Richard McBride introduced his
original railway policy, he made the statement that, in addition to the direct benefits
accruing from the actual construction of
the Canadian Northern Transcontinental,
tliere would be indirect advantages almost
as important in the interests of the development of the Province, pointing out that the
introduction to British Columbia of the Canadian Northern would be followed by the
construction of branch lines as feeders to
the main line that he was then introducing,
and, moreover, that the fact that the Canadian Northern was in the Province as a
competitive railway would arouse the Canadian Pacific Railway to increased activity
in construction throughout the Province.
The manner in which both of these predictions are being fulfilled is another tribute
to the far-seeing statesmanship which is
one of Mr. McBride's most distinguishing
characteristics. For instance, at the present
moment the Canadian Northern is already
about to build a branch line from Kamloops
to Kelowna and from Vernon to Lumby, in
addition to the 150 miles further extension
contemplated for Vancouver Island; while
it is further announced that surveys will
be made this summer by the same Company
for additional branch lines from the neighbourhood of the Yellowhead Pass to Arrowhead ancl to Golden, as well as lines
reaching into the Kootenay district. Then,
as regards the Canadian Pacific Railway,
that Company has exhibited for some time
past a very marked increase in construction activity, of which the Kaslo & Slocan
Railway ancl other Kootenay lines may be
taken as an example. But far more important in the programme of C. P. R. operations is the announcement made the other
day by its Vice-President, Mr. George J.
Bury, to Premier Roblin of Manitoba. Mr.
Bury stated definitely that it was the intention of the Canadian Pacific Railway Company to spend some $60,000,000 on an
entirely new line of railway from the
Prairies to the Pacific Coast as an additional outlet for the grain and other products of the Middle West Provinces. The
results to British Columbia upon the completion of this ambitious programme may
well be termed incalculable, ancl a capable
editorial on the subject in the Nelson News
a few days ago deals with it as follows:—
"That the plan is indirectly due to the
"policy of the McBride Government is evi-
"dent, The Canadian Northern railway,
"the entrance of which into the province
"was secured by the McBride Government,
"will have, through the mountains, grades
"considerably easier than those of the Canadian Pacific, and will be a strong com-
"petitor for the immense traffic that will be
"created by the completion of the Panama
"canal, and it is to meet this competition
"in the northern part of the province that
"the new line is projected. The line will
"be of incalculable benefit in the cTevelop-
"ment of the province and in all probability
"it would not have been considered for
"many years to come but for the keen competition that the McBride Policy has inaugurated." THE WEEK, TUESDAY, MARCH 26, 1912
of the perpetual Liberal howl for
a "strong Opposition," it is extremely funny to notice the general unwillingness on the part of members of that
truly patriotic party to come out boldly
into the field and prove the sincerity
of their political convictions by the
ordeal by battle. In many constituencies it has been found impossible to get any Liberal to run at
all, and this has led to some very
curious cases of importing persons
who do not know the district, or
—what is perhaps still more desirable in some instances—persons
whom the district does not know,
to lift the stained banner of Liberalism out of the mud into which
it has been trampled by self-seeking followers. Election day will let
us know the fate of this imported
talent in its new field, but the cynical spectator may derive some
amusement by observing what followed the departure of some of
these champions from their own
home towns. Alberni, for instance,
whicii possessed the proud distinction of boasting the only Liberal
member in the Provincial House,
appreciated its splendid isolation
so little that, the moment Mr.
Brewster was on the train ancl safe
out of its borders, it slammed ancl
locked the door and proceeded to
elect a Conservative by acclamation.
Mr. Brewster is a nice man, in spite
of his regrettable political proclivities, and it is truly sad to find in
him one more example of the pain -
ful truth that a prophet has no
honour in his own country. Of
course, it is to be remembered that
his prophecies have all worked
backward—but we will not "rub it
in." Vancouver has provided a
case which, if not so sad, i's full of
humour. For two years past Vancouver has
had a Mayor whose soul burned with political—and other—aspirations. Nominally
a Liberal, his conduct as the City's Chief
Magistrate gave so little satisfaction that,
after two years of sullen endurance ancl
desperate wriggles alternating, Vancouver
managed to get him out of his position, only
to find that he still insisted upon being regarded as a public man and wanted the
nomination as one of the Liberal candidates
in Vancouver to oppose the "Solid Fivc"
who will be returned on Thursday as usual
in the Conservative interests. This move
on the part of the ex-Mayor, one L. D
Taylor, did not meet with the approval of
the Vancouver Liberals at all.    They are
not an intelligent lot by any means, but
some flickering gleams of reason seemed
to convince them that a gentleman who had
been defeated for the office of Mayor only
two months previously by a majority of
thousands, was hardly the sort of person to
solicit successfully the suffrages of the citizens of Vancouver as a candidate for the
Provincial House. The situation called for
drastic remedies, ancl they seem to have
been applied, although by what earthly force
L. D. Taylor, editor of the Vancouver
World ancl ex-Mayor of that city, was induced to leave the Terminal City ancl offer
himself as a sacrifice at Rossland, is a
chapter of history which yet remains to
be written. Anyhow, in Rossland he is
pitted against Lome Campbell, one of the
most popular men in the Kootenay. Expert opinion on Mr. Taylor's chances in the
contest is that he will last just about as
long as a tear-drop on a red-hot stove-lid.
Another Vancouver Victim
But Mr. L. D. Taylor is not the only
Vancouver Liberal who has found it ad-
select little body of gentlemen who are desirous of using both the Sun and the Liberal
Party to advance their own personal ends
and let the welfare of the Dominion at large
"go hang." And finally, both these two remarkable apostles of Liberalism, these two
strenuous editors of Vancouver's two
Liberal newspapers, have neither of them
found favour in the eyes of the Vancouver
Liberal Party as candidates, but have been
forced to go forth and fight the Party's
battles in distant lands. It is an axiom that
politics make strange bed-fellows, but it
would take a Gilbert & Sullivan to do justice to the above situation and the condition
of the Party that has brought it about. It
is conceivable that the Liberals of Rossland
and Yale, if they know anything of the
above circumstances, will use every effort to
prevent their respective candidates from accidentally meeting on the same platform.
Should they neglect this necessary precaution, the broad humour of that well-known
farce, "Liberal Opposition Campaign in
British Columbia," is liable to be greatly
Government Candidate for Cowichan
"candidate in Nanaimo;  Mr. J. H.
"ler, defeated Federal candidate for
"couver;    Mr.   Duncan   Ross,   dej
"Federal candidate in Comox-Atlinl
others of the same tribe.   They al
"same old managers of the same ol|
"credited Liberal machine,
"they who have wrecked till
"tunes   of   the   Liberal   Pal
"British Columbia and it il
"who have manufactured.thl
"platform in the hope that
"aid their disappointed ambi|
This  is plain  speaking
vengeance and serves to emj|
the point to which we have
edly   called   attention,   tha1
Liberal Party is incapable
ing wisdom from defeat or
fiting by the severe lessons j
the electorate have handed oui
Since the Victoria Time
such advanced ideas upon thi
way to place settlers upol
arable lands, may one aslf
Templeman why not a bleaq
this important subject wal
heard from him during all thq
he sat at Ottawa?
If Mr. Templeman, of th|
toria Times, is so good an
ity upon what constitutes a
railway deal in the public ir
how comes it that he made no
to protect the interests of
Columbia when Laurier wal
ting the Grand Trunk Pacifi|
through ?
" HANDICAPPED " The Liberal Party Crushed beneath the weight of its Own Platform
Kftvj **'*<«! ^H
Rk  '"■**'• ^|
hon. a. e. McPhillips, k. c.
Government Candidate tor the Islands
visable to champion his Party's cause in a
distant field. Mr. J. P. McConnell, editor
of the Vancouver Sun, the new Liberal
morning paper of Vancouver, has been imported by the Liberals of Yale to see if he
can make a better fist at leading them to
victory than their last champion—a homegrown product—was able to do. The full
beauty of this situation with its triangular
setting out of Vancouver Liberals, Rossland Liberals ancl Yale Liberals, requires a
little explanation to be fully enjoyed. Mr.
L. D. Taylor is editor of the Vancouver
World, Vancouver's Liberal evening paper.
Mr. J. P. McConnell is editor of the Vancouver Sun, Vancouver's Liberal morning
paper. Now the Sun, though but a young
paper, has already found much to dislike
in Mr. Taylor. It unsparingly denounced
his civic administration, it has repeatedly
declared that Mr. Taylor ancl the Vancouver World do not represent Liberalism and
that both of them are out for hire, ancl has
further accused the World and Mr. Taylor
of garbling the planks of the Liberal platform—-a very easy matter, one would think,
observing their multitude and involved nature. Then Mr. L. D. Taylor, who, to do
him justice, is always ready to go half-way
across the room to eat anybody he doesn't
like, has retorted through the columns of
the World that the Vancouver Sun is perfectly worthless to the Liberal Party, has
no right to speak for it, does not know
enough to advise it if it had, and lastly, is
nothing more than the personal organ of a
Liberal Party's pride in their remarkable sixty-four-plank platform
is exceedingly comic. Unfortunately, their
pride finds vent in outspoken words of exultation Which are not always happily
chosen, in that they give occasion to the
enemy to blaspheme. Thus the Vancouver
Sun, the morning paper of the Vancouver
Liberals, voices the innocent pride of its
heart in the following lofty words: "The
Liberal platform is not boarded in around
the bottom so that you cannot see what is
supporting it. You can see underneath the
Liberal platform." The Nelson News hurries to accept the Sun's invitation to peep
under this much praised platform ancl does
not approve of what it finds. It says that
when one accept the Sun's invitation, one
finds under the said platform all the dry
bones of Liberalism, ancl proceeds as follows :—■
"Under it are hiding discredited and
"neglected politicians of whom British Col-'
"umbia has had its fill. The Liberal plat-*
"form would have a better appearance if
"the political rubbish on which it is built
"were more completely hidden. Those who
"are now sheltering under this precious
"platform are the workmen who built it.
"The boards were nailed together at the
"Liberal Convention, and among the chief
"artificers were the Hon. William Temple-
"man, defeated Federal candidate for Vic-
"toria; Mr. John Oliver, defeated candidate at the last Provincial election in
"Delta; Mr. Ralph Smith, defeated Federal
And, if Mr. Templeman,
Victoria   Times,   did   not
enough—or   was   not   willifj
protect the interests of BritisJ
umbia in the Grand Trunk
deal, by what right does hd
pose that he ancl his papa
qualified to judge—or fit to be trusl
critics—on the subject of the Can]
Northern deal?
All of which is respectfully submit]
Government Candidate (or Esquimalt


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