Wait a moment, the Globe of the 1st February, reporting Mr. Harty's speech, said :
Before sitting down, he read a telegram from the Hon. Mr. Blair announcing that the Kingston Locomotive Works had received an order to construct three locomotives for the Intercolonial Railway, an announcement that was greeted with great applause.
Now, we will see what the hon. minister had to say about that. The hon. member for Leeds (Mr. Taylor) asked a question in this House, and this is the question and the answer :
To what parties have letters or telegrams been sent announcing that such contract had been given to the Kingston Locomotive Works?
The reply of the Minister of Railways was :
No such letter or telegram has been sent as is referred to in this sub-question.
That means that the statement made by the Globe that Mr. Harty read a telegram sent from the minister was not correct, because the minister tells us that no such telegram was sent. So, instead of the hon. gentleman (Mr. Britton) charging the Conservatives with endeavouring to make political capital out of these works, the records show that the friends of the hon. gentleman are those who have endeavoured to make political capital In this way.
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