The letter concludes as follows:
But if by any possibility he does get it then we need the evidence to meet him here.
I presume the evidence will not be available in printed form for some time. If he gets a copy I hope you will see that several copies are made at the same time and that we get one or two here.
I have not seen full report but what I have seen is pretty straight goods.
Tours very truly,
(Sgd.) G. E. Foster.
That is the letter written by my highhanded friend the Minister of Trade and Commerce. When the matter came before the House it was on a motion made by my hon. friend, my Christian friend, the present Minister of Labour (Mr. Crothers). He brought the matter before the House, and if any hon. gentleman has the curiosity to read what took place, I would refer him to Hansard of 1909, at page 5645, and so far as my reply is concerned, concluding upon page 5755. I assure the House that I am not going to read the hundredth part of what took place on that occasion. My hon. friend the present Minister of Labour (Mr. Crothers) proceeded to remark that this report had been made, and it seriouisly reflected upon me, and at page 5655, referring to the evidence which was then under consideration by the present Minister of Labour, I made these remarks:
Mr. Pugsley: I wish to correct the statement of my hon. friend. I was not the managing director of the company.
Mr. Crothers: I am simply making my
observations based upon the judgment of this court.
Mr. Pugsley: My hon. friend must pardon
me. I say that there is nothing whatever in the evidence which would justify a statement of that kind, and the statement is absolutely untrue.
Mr. Crothers: I am not here for the purpose of discussing the evidence in this case.