In his anxiety to attack the governement in the province of New Brunswick because of a question asked by the member for Gloucester, the minister a few moments ago charged the present Government of the province of New Brunswick with discharging every Conservative official in the province. For the purpose, I suppose, of offering an excuse for the manner in which he has carried on the affairs of his department in the interests of his own party, he makes this assertion against the Government of the province of New Brunswick. May I ask my hon. friend upon what information he bases the assertion which he has made, and what were the names of the persons dismissed?
Yes, and I was there during the election. I had occasion to be at different polling booths in two different counties. At one of the places I attended a number of officials stood at the polls and worked against the government-and they are still holding office. The only evidence my hon. friend gave of officials being dismissed in the province of New Brunswick was the statement concerning the sheriff of the county of Gloucester. I may tell my
hon. friend that no sheriff has been dismissed in the province of New Brunswick since the election. The sheriffs in that province are appointed annually. In some cases the old sheriffs are reappointed; in other cases they are replaced because they have outlived their usefulness. During an election in the province of New Brunswick the registry office in a certain county was closed up to ordinary business and used as a Tory consulting room on election day. On another occasion a sheriff of a certain county established a polling booth in the Conservative committee room. My hon. friend had no justification for making the charge that he did against the Government of the province of New Brunswick, because the sheriff to whom he referred was not reappointed to office after his term had expired.
settled by the minister appointing to the office a gentleman recommended by the hon. member for Gloucester. I was going to suggest to the minister that as at least some of us have worked very faithfully, we should pass the first item, although it is a large one, and then adjourn. Of course, we shall be allowed to discuss almost any matter on the other items?