April 14, 1909

LIB

William Pugsley (Minister of Public Works)

Liberal

Mr. PUGSLEY.

If the hon. gentleman from St. John tells me he was present-

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CON

John Waterhouse Daniel

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. DANIEL.

I have already told you that.

Mr. PUGSLEY-and that he heard the affidavit, I will accept his statement.

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CON

John Waterhouse Daniel

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. DANIEL.

Did the hon. minister not hear me say that I was at that meeting and hear the affidavit read.

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LIB

William Pugsley (Minister of Public Works)

Liberal

Mr. PUGSLEY.

I did not hear my hon. friend say that. I heard the hon. gentleman say there was an attempt made to correct it but I did not understand him to say he was present. Now let me ask the hon. gentleman this question: If it was corrected that night at the meeting how came it to be given to the morning papers in St. John and telegraphed all over the country with the false date to it.

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CON

John Graham Haggart

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. HAGGART.

Did the hon. gentleman not hear the hon. member for Toronto say that the correction was made next day in the Toronto papers.

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LIB

William Pugsley (Minister of Public Works)

Liberal

Mr. PUGSLEY.

It was made in the evening papers after I had corrected it, but no correction came from Mr. Mayes until after I had made the correction.

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Some hon. MEMBERS

Six o'clock. Mr. FOSTER. Just one moment.

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Some hon. MEMBERS

Six o'clock.

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CON

George Eulas Foster

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. FOSTER.

Just one moment if the House will allow me.

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Some hon. MEMBERS

Six o'clock.

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CON

George Eulas Foster

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. FOSTER.

I appeal to the Prime Minister now. I want to ask the Prime Minister and the House not to consider such a decision made as the Speaker has intimated he will make. It won't harm us to think this matter over until we meet here another time. It is so grave that I do not want to see it go as the Speaker has intimated it is possible it will go.

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LIB

Wilfrid Laurier (Prime Minister; President of the Privy Council)

Liberal

Sir WILFRID LAURIER.

Mr. Speaker has given no such ruling as I understand.

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Some hon. MEMBERS

No.

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CON

Thomas Simpson Sproule

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. SPROULE.

Might I ask the Prime Minister one question. He said it becomes a matter of imperative duty to maintain the dignity of this House; does he not think it is equally important to maintain the privileges of this House?

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LIB

Wilfrid Laurier (Prime Minister; President of the Privy Council)

Liberal

Sir WILFRID LAURIER.

Certainly.

At six o'clock the House adjourned.

Thursday, April 15, 1909.

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April 14, 1909