Mr. W. M. GERMAN.
Mr. Speakei, before the Orders of the Day are called, I desire, by way of personal explanation, to bring to the attention of the House a speech which is reported in 1 Hansard ' of June 10 as having been made by the hon. member for North Victoria (Mr. Sam. Hughes). The hon. member, speaking of the 2nd Dragoons in the Niagara peninsula, in connection with alleged political interference in militia matters, is reported as having said :
. An officer second in command, not yet qualified to command, communicated with the hon. member for Welland (Mr. German), and he, in language more befitting Carnal street, Buffalo, than an hon. member in this House, stated that Lord Dundonald would be taught that he had no power to give the extension. I shall give the story, and then we shall see whether the facts bear it out or not. He made the statement that there would be no extension -of command, and the notice which Lord Dundonald - had given was cancelled.
Further down he said :
I have not said that the hon. member for Welland (Mr. German) wrote or spoke to the minister, but I have stated that the hon. member for Welland stated that in his county.
Now, Sir, I am not aware what sort of language is peculiarly fitted for Canal street, Buffalo. Evidently the hon. member does, possibly from experience. But I do say that no officer, second in command or otherwise, of the 2nd Dragoons asked me at any time to interfere to prevent Colonel Gregory from getting an extension of his command. I at no time spoke to the minister or to any officer of the department suggesting that Colonel Gregory should not get an extension, or that any recommendation that should be made for him to have an extension should be cancelled. During the last winter i had the honour of dining with Colonel Gregory and other officers of the 2nd Dragoons at St. Catharines. My hon. friend from Lincoln (Mr. Lancaster) also was present. On that occasion Colonel Gregory stated that he had been recommended for an extension of his
term of command. I had the honour and pleasure then of congratulating him upon that fact, and never at any time did I suggest that he should not get or receive that extension. The statement that I said that Lord Dundonald would be taught that he had no power to give the extension is absolutely and unequivocally untrue. I never made such a remark ; X never made any remark which, by any tortuous construction, could be so interpreted ; and I defy the hon. member to bring any individual who will suggest that I ever made any remark that could possibly be interpreted in that way, 1 am inclined to think that it has been evolved from the hon. member's own vivid imagination. _