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Mr Wason addressed a meeting of th# : electors at school lastnigiit. There were over two dozen electors piresent, and Mr John Dunn was chairman. Mr Wason said he had- conducted r hi*.. , part of the campaign by simply-expressing- f • his own views on the politics of the (JayT'-' and had not in any way dealt with the'' opinions of his opponents., He tjbousht - that was the best way to do. He [ started off in the campaign by an address at Kakaia, in which he had given in hia - . support to the Hall Government be* cause he believed them to be a body of-. ~ gentlemen well qualified to conduct the affairs of the colony. He believed them to be sound on the question of land law reform, one direction of which was the testator should have his power over 1 land limited. By the existence, of'.tin- " limited control over land he " desires to ... dispose of a testator had it in his power to tie land up, so that at this moment' there was land in the north past of. this * colony that would have no real owner for " a hundred years. The speaker then re-. ’ ferred to distress for rent, which he desired to see abolished and the landlord’s" claim reduced to the same level as that - of any other creditor. The abolitioirpf dia- ’'■ tress for rent wasa measure favored by the.. r<■ Hall Government, andhe thoughtthateven , >■ this measure alone entitled the Hall ..Go- [yvernment to the confidence of this con-o;- ■’ stituency. The Fixtures Bill was one that ought to have the support of every farming community, because it defined what were fixtures and what were not. He had never said he was a blind supporter • :■ ... of the Hall Government. There were ' doubtless many things in which he differed , from the Hall Government, as there ■ never was a Government or a- candidate that would or could meet every man’s views ; but just as the electors never were suited in every / point by any particular candidate, and , had to lake the one which suited them on most points, so he supported the Hall . - Government because it showed the greatest ~j number of good qualities of the two ; parties, and he thought no more'of "the Hall Government to-day nor no less than ,j, tie ever'did. Mr Wason then proceeded to explain what he meant by the term “ in- ' Jependent ” when he made use of it io .« me of his previous speeches. It was im- V sossible for any man to stand alone ittthe, House of Eepresentatives. There Were ' mly two lobbies, and into one of them-a t A nember had to go—there was no possi)ility of making a lobby for himself. •If ■; vas quite right, of course,'for any member 0 take an independent view of - such , ;.r [uestions as might come before the House, , mt the end of that view must be a vote in ■ r . * me of those and that vote 1 would’ , >e either for or against the Government. ’ [he speaker went on to say that he iwaa . farmer owning :5,000 acres of land,; and - : aking as much out off that land as it was, lossible to do. He did not see that his iwning and farming that number of acres .. nade him less a farmer than any of those ;; , >efore him. He was not in any sense of he word a land speculator or a monopoist, yet he thought the sliding land tax ~ * n uggested by some was unjust, and calulated to do evil instead of good. He ad no doubt whatever that the popularity f the colony would attract a large popuition to these shores, the result of which ’ould be that the large estates, so much’ .. yi poken of at present would “burst upff“.r f themselves. He : believed that the ompanies who had taken up ChatmoSH,, . fj nd Islewbrth, and Low cliff had done ,a .- reat deal of good the districts in ; rhich they. were. In fact, swamps ... ; ike the estates mentioned could only be - eclaimed by very weathy companies, and io private individuals could -ever have akeh siich land in band. : After depreating any alteration in the constitution H f the House- of Lords,- which'mightTbe pllbwed by the possibility !'of an. awk-. I .1 rard dead-lock between the twb Houses,.. -■ dr Wason expressed his readiness vtooq; nswer any questions.— In reply to Mr Grigg, he said that, einga farmer himself, he wodld certainly jo his best to have a’fair railway-’tariff hat would not bear heavily on the Canter- -il/i mry graili growing district. ;;i.n , ;. . Mr Grigg, in ’ the course of a speech, ointed out that the Canterbuiy nvembera ■.!/[ lumbered 21, and that it was the.fdatgr.u f the electorates to return men who will mil together with each other. It was iseless to send a number of divided merr;.. nto the House. There were sixteen meha:; 1 ! Iready of opinions alike on - politics,:.who,', vould support the existing. Government, ,nd it would be a source of weakness- if.. / he remaining five who were returned. - vere of an opposite opinion. One of the; landidates, at least, now seeking 'election or Wakanui had expressed his readiness uO d 'support the party represented by Sir Jeorge Grey, and that party was. all for he aggrandisement of the North Island it the expense of the South. It was a. ;reat mistake to send to the -House even mb who would not pull with the-fiest ofinTJ he Canterbury men. So far as he could .- lee, the whole thing resolved itself into 1 question of self-interest, and the ..more. Id nan of one opinion that were;seht to Parliament by the Canterbury districts, [. 0 ;he better it would be for the districts themselves. ■ r ;ii7/ In reply to an elector, Mr Wason said'""* he thought the only improvemefitl'that sould be made in the constitution of the Boards of Education would be to make ; them elective by the people; Mr Andrew Dawson moved that a vote of thanks be passed to Mr Wason fbr his , r address. Mr Anderson moved as an amendment, that a vote of confidence be passed. - Mr Grigg explained that Mr Dawson-: was quite willing to make his motion one of confidence, but it was not Mr. Wason’s wish to have votes of confidence passed. Mr Anderson withdrew his amendment, and Mr Dawson’s motion was carried. ! Mr Wason thanked them for the vote./ ' Votes of confidence were certainly very complimentary no doubt, but he thought they were rather than otherwise an infringement of the principle of the ballot, and liable to great abuse by the packing of meetings with supporters ftbm i other places of the candidate whose interest it was intended to serve by the creation of a. false popularity. . 1 A vote of thanks to the chairman con- 1 eluded the meeting, and a meeting of Mr Wason’s committee was held afterwards,.

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Ashburton Guardian, Ashburton Guardian, Volume III, Issue 506, 1 December 1881

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MR WASON AT FLEMINGTON. Ashburton Guardian, Volume III, Issue 506, 1 December 1881