September 23, 1903 (9th Parliament, 3rd Session)


Robert George Macpherson



I do not think I would require to go to any night school to the hon. member. When it is time to go to the polls, I can attend to my own case, and the hon. gentleman may come up and oppose me to his heart's content. If he will only make as many dreary, verbose speeches there as he does here, without the relief of a single scintilla of wit or humour, my election will be made doubly certain. Let me tell the hon. gentleman that he is to-day breaking out in a new place. I am not aware that when the late government was in power, of which he was a zealous supporter, he ever raised his voice against the importation of the Chinese. I am not aware that when in 1882 his former leader, the late Sir John Macdonald, said it was absolutely necessary to have Chinese labour because the Canadian Pacific Railway could not be built without it, the hon. gentleman ever made the slightest protest. Would he do so now if he did not think some little political advantage was to be gained by it ? I doubt whether the province of British Columbia will ever owe anything to the hon. gentleman. He appears to utterly ignore the fact that good work may be done in a quiet way by a member of parliament and done much more effectually than by making himself an infliction on the House. I may say that I have not been neglectful of the interests of my constituents. One of the results of my election to this House has been the imposition of the head tax of $500 on the Chinese. I do not care to get out on the house-top and shout, but try to work for the best interests of my country, and I do not see any need of going to any night school to the hon. gentleman.

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