January 31, 1912 (12th Parliament, 1st Session)


Robert Laird Borden (Prime Minister; President of the Privy Council)

Conservative (1867-1942)


Mr. Speaker, we have listened to a most notable example of what the girl in the play called 'excellent fooling,' .because the hon. gentleman who is inspired by these virtuous and worthy sentiments is one who sat in this House day after day, week after week, and month after month, when periods exceeding by four times the one in this case had elapsed, and he was a,s dumb as the animal to which he has just referred. I am bound to say, with regard to his somewhat confused statement about men and animals, that a certain dumb animal, which spoke on one notable occasion when it stood still in the road, uttered words much more to the point than those which my hon. friend has uttered this afternoon. He seems to be under a misapprehension as to how long the. comity has been 'unrepresented. For what length of time does my hon. friend compute the period?

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