May 4, 1917 (12th Parliament, 7th Session)


Daniel Duncan McKenzie



(h) That the Prime Minister was informed that his colleagues and subordinates in the Cabinet were conspiring and thirsting for his political life.
(i) That the branch of the Finance Department which had to do with the paying of troops and other expenses in England had been rotten, that is plain Anglo-Saxon.
(j) That the medical service and organization in. connection .therewith was no better.
(k) That attempts were made by enemies of the minister in the Cabinet to "sweeten the press "-" Sweeten the press " are the exact words of the minister-and to influence bankers and brokers of Canada, all of which was done at the cost of the poor people of this country-meaning, of course, that the moneys of the Finance Department were used for bribery and corruption in order to render abortive the efforts of the Minister of Militia to place an efficient and effective Canadian army in the field. ~
, (1) That the then Minister of Militia adyised in 1914 that there should be a general election and was over-ruled. And this 691
last charge is possibly the most serious of all.
(m) That the Ross Rifle was discarded by the Government and its agencies, not because there was anything wrong with the rifle but because of the malign influences of " German gold,"-thus insinuating that his colleagues and others in authority accepted bribes from the enemy.

Subtopic:   THE BUDGET.
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