August 5, 1904 (9th Parliament, 4th Session)


Edward Guss Porter

Conservative (1867-1942)


I do not intend to discuss the particular features of this question nor even the general principle involved. I address the House for the reason that some of my constituents who were at Ottawa a short time ago on a deputation waiting upon the government in regard to this measure have requested me to contradict the statements made in the House, that the expenses of that deputation had been paid by the tobacco company. That statement was no doubt made for the purpose of creating a prejudice against the tobacco company, and these gentlemen desire me to place them right before the House and the country. I wish to read the following letter :
Belleville, July 30, 1904.
E. Guss Porter, Esq., M.P.,
Ottawa. Can.
Dear Mr. Porter,-We understand a statement has been made to the House that the expenses of the wholesale grocers' deputation to Ottawa recently have been paid by the tobacco company.
We wish you would deny this imputation. We paid our delegate and the company have not recouped or promised to recoup us.
Wholesale grocers.
I have also received the following telegram :
Trenton, 0., July 30, 1904.
E. Guss Porter, M.P.,
Belleville, Ont.
I understand that one of the ministers made the assertion that the American Tobacco Company paid expenses to Ottawa re Tobacco Bill. They did not pay my expenses. Kindly deny charge.

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