April 9, 1918 (13th Parliament, 1st Session)


Joseph Read

Laurier Liberal

Mr. JOSEPH READ (Kings):

I rise to a question of privilege. I notice in the Ottawa Citizen of this morning an excerpt taken from the Hansard report of the debate on April 5, as follows:
Quebec Difficulties.
From Hansard Report, House of Commons, April 5, 1918.
Sir Sam Hughes: I am satisfied that if
common sense had been exercised this trouble would not have occurred. I do not look upon it as a matter of very great importance, but it is of great importance to know what the unseen power is that has prevented these splendid boys-and there are no finer in the world-from following the dictates of their own impulses and joining the forces. What has prevented them-?

Mr. Joseph Read: Let me tell you-bigotry.
Sir Sam Hughes: I am very sorry to hear that. X do not think these boys are actuated by bigotry; I know they are not, and I hope that the power behind them is not bigotry.
The honourable member for Victoria when he made that statement, misapprehended the methods of a good soldier because by implication he made me appear to say that these boys were actuated by (bigotry. I never intended to make that assertion, and the subsequent speech which I made in the House at the end of the debate will show what I did mean. I just take this opportunity of drawing attention to it so that there will be no misapplication of what I said.

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