As I received this letter just before I was leaving for Montreal, I simply dropped a note to Sir Louis Davies, a copy of which I have not kept, telling him that I would try to satisfy his mind on the matter. So, on the 25th I wrote to him the following letter : House of Commons,
Ottawa, February 25, 1902.
Sir Louis Davies,
Dear Sir,-In compliance with the promise I made* you last week, I send you my authorities for the statement which I made in the House in the following terms :
And here is the exact statement I made as reported in the official report of the Debates :
One of the Canadian ministers, who was on that occasion one of the British plenipotentiaries, the late Minister of Marine and Fisheries, Sir Louis Davies, went to London and passed three months there. For what purpose ? He Hon. Mr. HAGGART.
was candid enough to tell us, when he came back from England that-after the Anglo-American Commission had sat for six months, after they were supposed to have at their back the influence of the British government-he, Sir Louis Davies, was obliged to pass three months in London to convince Mr. Chamberlain's officials that they should not side with the American government, but with us.'
I go on :
My authorities for making such a statement- Hon. Mr. HAGGART. Mr. Speaker, I rise to a point of order. I do not know under what rule or right the bon. member for Labelle brings into the House a controversy between himself and Sir Louis Davies on a particular subject. The most he could possibly do would be to make a personal explanation of something which he said on a particular day, and as to which he was misrepresented or misquoted; but to read letters which have passed between him and Sir Louis Davies is clearly out of order.