May 7, 1901

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Frederick Debartzch Monk

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. MONK.

Oh, my hon. friend is a little too smart. I have found out something. I have read Sherlock Holmes, and I am something of a detective myself. Even Sherlock Holmes was baffled sometimes, and I do not pretend to know what was said.

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CON

Frederick Debartzch Monk

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. MONK.

Well, it is supported by affidavits : that is the principal thing. This is the affidavit of Damase Tessier, labourer, of Valleyfield, in the district of Beauharnois, who declares solemnly :

I am a member of the Union Ouvriere of this town. I was present at the meeting of the Union Ouvriere at which Mr. King assisted. He addressed the meeting in the English language, and the secretary, Mr. Bertrand, repeated in French what was being said in English.

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Some hon. MEMBERS

Hear, hear.

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The MINISTER OF PUBLIC WORKS. (Hon. Mr. Tarte).

There is no harm in that.

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Frederick Debartzch Monk

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. MONK (reading) :

I did not understand all that was said. However, I understood that Mr. King asked if the labourers -would return to work and on what conditions. The answer was that th'ey were willing to return If the troops were retired. I make this affidavit solemnly believing the same to be true.

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LIB

Onésiphore Ernest Talbot

Liberal

Mr. TALBOT.

They went to work on Monday morning.

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Frederick Debartzch Monk

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. MONK.

My hon. friend (Mr. Talbot) has a habit of mixing up things that he knows nothing about. Does lie suppose that these 3,000 employees went back to work on Monday morning, that they waited until the train "left, and that the moment they saw the troops leave, they returned to work ? My hon. friend does not live in a large centre, and he does not know how these things happen.

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Onésiphore Ernest Talbot

Liberal

Mr. TALBOT.

The meeting was on Monday night.

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Frederick Debartzch Monk

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. MONK.

I have referred to the position taken by the recorder on that occasion. The recorder is an ardent Liberal, and I venture to assert that he seemed to be in sympathy with the strikers, which inflamed the indignation of the hon. Minister of Public Works. But, this military report is perfect Koran ; you find everything in it. It reminds me of the story of the barbarian who destroyed the library of Alexandria. He said : WThat is the difference if what is contained in these books that I have burned is in the Koran ? IVe have the Koran, and if it is not in the Koran, we uo not want anything else. All I require is in this report. We find everything in it. It was laborious getting it down. Any person who has ever been concerned with strikes and riots, as I was on one occasion, knows that it is always a difficult moment when violence takes place. Let us return to the report of Lt.-Col. Ibbotson. in which we find Mr. Papineau mentioned. Lt.-Col. Ibbotson said :

I must here state that at the hour referred to when the crowd apparently had dispersed, the mayor left with my consent to proceed to his home, promising to return in at least one hour. This he did not do, nor could I reach him that evening by messenger or telephone communication ; in fact, no magistrate was available to render assistance.

The mayor had been mobbed, and had been forced to leave the place.

The riot continued and we continued to suffer at the hands of the mob for some time when Mr. Papineau, the recorder of the town of Valleyfield reported to me at my headquarters, he haying come through a crowd and admitted things were at a very serious juncture. I requested him to proceed with me to perform the duty of reading the Riot Act, which he hesitated to do for the reason as stated by himself, and which I concurred in, and indeed, felt earlier in the day, that the force at my disposal was not of sufficient strength. The number of points and the distances to be covered were so numerous and extensive, that I felt that I ought to have a stronger force at my command, and he (Mr. Papineau) assured me that our strength, without resorting to the use of our rifles would be totally inadequate to effectually disperse the mob, who at that time must have numbered thousands. While conversing with him, injured men were being brought in to receive attention. At that time, ten were under the care of Surgeon Major Campbell.

While the recorder had gone through the crowd that threatened the militia, and while lie was conversing with rne commander, wounded men were being brought in, although he had the power to prevent that unfortunate state of things. Let its turn to the report of Lt.-Col. Roy, who mentions the position taken by Mr. Papineau on that occasion. He says, on page 4 :

A Mr. Papineau at the meeting who appeared to be very familiar with -what was going on, on the side of the rioters, informed me that he would guarantee there would be no trouble on that night if I would withdraw- patrols and

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George di Madeiros Loy

Liberal

Mr. LOY.

Would the hon. gentleman please explain how it is that Mr. Bergeron did not take a majority in parishes where Mr. MONK.

there was no strike, and where there were no persons connected with the strike ; the parish of St. Timothe, for instance.

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Frederick Debartzch Monk

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. MONK.

I will give what proof I have as to the majority in a moment. In the town of Valleyfield men not concerned in any way with the cotton mill, and not identified with the militia, could not imagine why there should be a reversal of popular favour against Mr. Bergeron, who, after having 105 majority in his favour in 1896, found himself in a minority of 312 last election.

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Robert Franklin Sutherland

Liberal

Hon. Mr. SUTHERLAND.

There are lots of experiences like that throughout the Dominion.

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Frederick Debartzch Monk

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. MONK.

Not many of that kind.

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The MINISTER OF PUBLIC WORKS.

There are very good reasons in this case. The people were not free in Valleyfield in 1896, and my friend knows it I am sure. They were terrorized and tyrannized, and something worse, I think.

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Frederick Debartzch Monk

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. MONK.

I deny it in the first place, and in the second place I have lost confidence in the statements of my hon. friend.

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The MINISTER OF PUBLIC WORKS.

I am very sorry for it.

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Frederick Debartzch Monk

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. MONK.

I have lost confidence to a very large extent, because I find that in this matter of this strike he has not stated things absolutely in conformity with the facts.

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The MINISTER OF PUBLIC WORKS.

We will see.

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Frederick Debartzch Monk

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. MONK.

I wish to read to the House a very short article from a newspaper published in the town of Valleyfield.

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May 7, 1901