June 3, 1921 (13th Parliament, 5th Session)


Rodolphe Lemieux

Laurier Liberal


Yes, and I dare say, when bills are presented to my hon. friend, he will not accept them, because I do not believe he ever gave such instructions. But my hon. friend can take my word that they were given. I have seen people who received the telegrams, who -also have copies of the telephonic messages ordering Mr. Lacouture to take electors for a week preceding polling day on the dredging plant. Is there any hon. member on this 2841
side or on that side who wishes to revert to that devilish system of political patronage, especially during election time? Let us get free from that system and give the commission an opportunity to exercise its full authority under the protection of Parliament. Let that commission administer the Act free from all influences. I was not a political friend of Dr. Roche nor of Mr. Jameson when they sat in this House. They were, however, both personal friends, but as a Liberal, dyed-in-the-wool,
I have the utmost confidence in the honour of Dr. Roche and Mr. Jameson; I fully trust their integrity, and Parliament should support them and Mr. LaRochelle as well.

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