Hon. WILLIAM PUGSLEY:
I rise to a question of privilege. In the Toronto News of Saturday last there appears this despatch from Ottawa:
C.P.R. Leads Bitter Fight.
Opposition to Public Ownership Being Waged on Floor of House.
Ottawa, Aug. 25.-One of the things which goes to prove that the taking over of the Canadian Northern by the Government is in the direct public interest, is the bitter and unreasoning opposition to the Bill by Hon. William Pugsley and Hon. George P. Graham. During the obstructive tactics which have been adopted in the discussion of the legislation in the House, Mr. Pugsley has constituted himself leader of the private ownership clique against public ownership. It is freely rumoured that in doing so, Mr. Pugsley is merely acting as spokesman and general counsel -for the Canadian Pacific Railway. While the voice is the voice of Pugsley, the hand is the hand of Shaughnessy.
I desire, Mr. Speaker to give that statement an unqualified denial. I am not now, nor have I ever been in any way connected with the Canadian Pacific railway as counsel or otherwise. I have had no communication directly or indirectly with the Canadian Pacific railway or with any of its officials on the subject of the Canadian Northern railway.
Subtopic: HON. MR. PUGSLEY CONTRADICTS NEWSPAPER REPORT.