I must say to the House at once that I never heard of this matter until a few. minutes before the opening of this sitting, and, up to this moment, I do not know the particulars. Of course, when an hon. member of this House takes upon himself to make an accusation which involves not only the seat, but the honour of a fellow-member, and when he does that, deliberately, as has been done by the hon.
member for Jacques Cartier (Mr. .Monk), the rule of the House is that, under such circumstances the inquiry is generally granted. I followed the statement of the hon. gentleman (Mr. Monk) as carefully us 1 could, and I think I represent exactly the effect of what he said when I say that he based his case mainly upon the fact, as he stated, that the sale which took place last fall from the hon. member for Beaubaruois (Mr. Loy) to Mr. Johnston was not a bona fide but a colourable sale, that the hon. member for Beauharnois knew that Mr. Johnston was not the real purchaser, but that the government of Canada was the real purchaser. Of course if such were the ease, my hon. friend from Jacques Cartier would have reason to bring the matter to the attention of the House. If the sale was a colourable one, as is alleged by my hon. friend from Jacques Cartier, instead of being a real one, the case would be a very strong one. But my hon. friend from Jacques Cartier has heard the statement of my hon. friend from Beauharnois. I believe there is no man in this House who would not accept at once the statement of the hon. member for Beauharnois that when he made the sale to Mr. Johnston, he had no intention of making a colourable sale ; he had no reason to suppose that Mr. Johnston was not buying for himself ; he had no reason to suppose that Mr. Johnston who is a business agent, was not buying in the ordinary course of his business. My hon. friend (Mr. Monk) has also heard my hon. friend the ex-Minister of Public Works (Hon. Mr. Tarte) who informs him that the statement made by the hon. member for Beauharnois is true to the letter in every particular, that the hon. member for Beauharnois had no notion that Mr. Johnston had been sent there at the instance of Mr. Dandurand who was acting at the request of the Minister of Public Works. Under such circumstances I think the hon. member for Jacques Cartier will perhaps hesitate to persist in the statement which he made a moment ago, that the sale from the member for Beauharnois to Mr. Johnston was a colourable one, that it was, to use his own words, a sale under what we call in French a pr?te-nom. Under these circumstances, I hope my hon. friend will see the advisability of not pressing his motion any further.
Subtopic: INDEPENDENCE OF PARLIAMENT-
Sub-subtopic: THE REPRESENTATION OF BEAU- HARNOIS.