Oh, no. I have only this to say, that I believe the hon. gentleman (Mr. Bennett) is correct when he says that what I say will not make much impression on him. Well, what I did say was for the benefit of gentlemen opposite who recognize what is proper and what is not. I did not say it for the benefit of the gentleman who himself acknowledges that he is past being helped in that direction. While the hon. gentleman says that i?e forgot that he had asked that question, he will remember that the very part that he alluded to was where I said that it was not usual to give the names of individual importers, which he had asked for. That is how it came out. How is it that he saw the answer to that part of the question and forgot about the question ? I might ask him that.
Mi\ H. H. MIDLER. The hon. member for East Simcoe has stated that Mr. McKay, of Owen (Sound, is in Ottawa to-day and has endeavoured to make out that he is after .some dredging contracts, and that .this is not the first time that he has been here on the same business. I do not know whether Mr. McKay owns or is interested in a dredge or not. I do know, and it is well known, that Mr. McKay's presence in Ottawa to-day is for the purpose of transacting important business before the Railway Committee in the interest of the citizens of Owen Sound and the town of Mea-ford. Mr. McKay was accompanied on that business by another prominent resident of Owen Sound. He has before this been accompanied to Ottawa in reference to the same Bill by prominent citizens of Owen Sound and the town of Meaford, some Reformers and some Conservatives ; mid after a similar visit to Ottawa, Mr. McKay was publicly thanked by a prominent Conservative of Owen Sound for the manner in which he attended to the Mr. BENNETT.
business before the Railway Committee. The hon. member for East Simcoe who appears to have a very lively and not always well guided imagination, has, I presume, made all his insinuations to-day upon charges equally .baseless and without any foundation in fact.
Motion (Mr. Clements) to adjourn, negatived. * .