March 16, 1904

SELECT STANDING COMMITTEES.

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Bell,

Bennett,

Bickerdike,

Birkett,

Blain,

Blanchet,

Borden (Sir Frederick) Bourassa,

Boyd,

Brock,

Broder,

Brodeur,

Brown,

Fiuce,

Bruneau,

Bureau,

Calvert,

Calvin,

Campbell,

Carsoallen,

C'asgrain.

Champagne,

Charlton..

Christie,

Clancy,

Clare,

Clarke,

Cochrane,

Copp,

Costigan,

Cowan,

Culbert,

Daniel,

Davis,

Delisle,

Demers (LSvis), Donnelly,

Douglas, [DOT]

Dugas,

Dyment,

Earle,

Emmerson,

Erb,

Ethier,

Fielding,

Fitzpatrick,

Fortier,

Fowler,

Gallery,

Galliher,

Ganong,

Gauvreau,

Geoffrion,

German,

Gervais,

Gibson,

Gilmour,

Girard,

Gould,

Gourley,

Grant,

Guthrie,

Hackett,

Haggart,

Hale,

Harty,

Harwood,

Haszard,

Henderson,

Heyd,

Holmes,

Hughes (King's), Hughes (Victoria) Hyman,

Ingram,

Johnston (Cape Breton), Johnston (Cardwell),

Logan,

Loy,

Macdonald,

Kemp,

Mackie,

MacKinnon,

Maclaren (Huntingdon), ' MacLaren (Perth), Maclean,

Macpherson,

McCarthy,

McColl,

McCool,

McCormick,

McCreary,

McGowan,

MoGugan,

McIntosh,

Mclsaac,

McLennan,

Malouin,

Marcil (Bagot),

Marcil (Bonaventure), Matheson,

Mignault,

Monet,

Monk,

Morin,

Morrison^

Mulock (Sir William), Murray,

Northrup,

Oliver,

Osier,

Parmelee,

Pope,

Porter,

Power,

Prgfontaine,

Pringle,

Proulx,

Puttee,

Reid (Grenville),

Riley,

Rivet,

Robinson (Elgin), Robinson,

(Northumberland), Roche (Halifax),

Roche (Marquette), Rosamond,

Ross (Ontario),

Ross (Rimouski),

Ross (Victoria),

Ross (Yukon),

Rousseau,

Russell,

Schell,

Scott,

Sifton,

Smith (Vancouver), Smith (Wentworth), Sproule,

Stephens,

Stewart,

Sutherland (Essex), . Sutherland (Oxford), Talbot,

Tarte,

Thompson (Haldimand and Monck), Thomson (North Grey), Tisdale,

Tobin,

Tolmie,

Tucker,

Tupper (Sir Charles Hibbert),

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Wilfrid Laurier (Prime Minister; President of the Privy Council)

Liberal

Sir WILFRID LAURIER.

Johnston (Lambton), Kaulbach,

Wade,

Kendrey,

Kidd,

Lancaster,

Lang,

Lapointe

Turcot,

Vrooman,

Wallace,

Ward,

Wilmot,

Wilson, and

Wright.-186.

And that the Quorum of the said Committee do consist of twenty-five members.

No. 4-ON MISCELLANEOUS PRIVATE BILLS.

Messieurs

Alcorn,

Avery,

Ball,

Beland,

Bell,

Bennett,

Birkett,

Bourbonnais,

Brock,

Broder,

Brodeur,

Bruneau,

Calvert,

Carscallen,

Casgrain,

Cochrane,

Cowan,

Culbert,

Daniel,

Desjardins,

Douglas,

Dugas,

Dyment,

Earle,

Ethier,

Fitzpatrick,

Galliher,

Gauvreau,

Gibson,

Gilmour,

Girard,

Guthrie,

Hackett,

Harty,

Hughes (King's), Johnston (Cape Breton) Kaulbach,

Kendall,

Kidd,

Lapointe,

LaRiviere,

Lavell,

Lavergne (Drummond and Arthabaska), LeBlanc,

Lemieux,

Logan,

Loy,

Macdonald,

MacKinnon,

Maclean,

McCool,

McCreary,

McGugan,

Marcil (Bagot),

Meigs,

Mignault,

Monet,

Mon};,

Morin, '

Morrison,

Pope,

Power,

Pringle,

Proulx,

Puttee,

Roddick,

Rosamond,

Ross (Victoria), Russell,

Schell,

Stephens,

Stewart,

Sutherland (Essex), Sutherland (Oxford),

,Tobin,

Tolton,

Tucker,

Turgeon, and -Wade.-79.

And that the Quorum of the said Committe* do consist of ten members.

No. 5.-ON STANDING ORDERS. Messieurs

Ball,

Bazinet,

Brown,

Clancy,

Clare,

Copp,

Davis,

Demers (Ldvis), Demers (St. John), Donnelly,

Douglas,

Erb,

Fortier,

Gallery,

Grant,

Guthrie,

Halliday,

Lavergne (Montmagny)' Law,

Lefurgey,

Mackie,

McEwen,

McGugan,

Marcil (Bagot), Matheson,

Morin,

Puttee,

Reid (Restigouche),

Richardson,

Roche (Marquette). Ross (Rimouski), Sherrltt,

Smith (Vancouver), |

Stewart,

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That the report of the special committee appointed to prepare and report lists of members to compose the Select Standing Committees of this House be concurred in.

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Motion agreed to.


JOINT COMMITTEE ON PRINTING.

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Motion agreed to.


LIBRARY OF PARLIAMENT.

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Motion agreed to. ADDRESS IN ANSWER TO HIS E*' CELLENCY'S SPEECH. House resumed adjourned debate on proposed motion of Mr. Grant for an a". j dress to His Excellency the Governor Gep® ml, in reply to his speech at the opend* j of the session.


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William Humphrey Bennett

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. BENNETT.

It was tbe Sunday meetings held by your French speakers that helped to kill you.

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Charles Marcil

Liberal

Mr. C. MARCH..

Tbe Sunday meetings were not only held by Liberals but Conservatives as well.

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Charles Marcil

Liberal

Mr. C. MARCIL.

Sunday meetings are held also by the Conservative friends of tbe lion, gentleman from East Simcoe.

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William Humphrey Bennett

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. BENNETT.

Never in that riding ; they were introduced by you.

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Charles Marcil

Liberal

Mr. C. MARCIL.

The member for East Simcoe will have to find some other reason when he is trying to hoodwink the House, and to throw dust in the eyes of tbe people of Ontario. I say, Mr. Speaker, that this idea of fomenting a solid Ontario as against a solid Quebec, is not a patriotic work, and I am sorry that some of the gentlemen opposite should attempt in this discussion to convey the idea that the people of Quebec are standing to-day behind that Liberal party and its leader, because of his origin. Such is not the fact. They are standing behind the Liberal party in Quebec because there is no Conservative party behind which they can stand. There was a time when the Conservative party in the province of Quebec was led by Sir George Oartifer. and there came to this House a solid phalanx from that province. They

were called ' les moutons de Cartier : les moutons bleus.' Cartier's sheep. They

kept Sir .John Macdonald in power and never was a word uttered, and never was a threat made against the province of Quebec at that time. But, when the immense majority of the people of the province of Quebec, Conservatives and Liberals found that the Conservative party had lost its leader, found that the Conservative party had lost its Macdonalds, had lost its Thompsons, had lost its Abbotts, when they found that Sir Hector Langevin was driven from public life, and Sir J. A. Chapleau refused to enter a Conservative administration ; when the people of Quebec had found all this, how could they he blamed for turning around and casting their votes in favour of a man whose career had been unimpeached and unimpeachable, and who lias since shed so much glory upon this country.

The hon. gentleman from East Simcoe (Mr. Bennett) will have to find another reason than the vote of the poor electors of Lafon-taine, to explain why his majority of 246 in

189C, dwindled down to 39 in 1900. He will have to tell us how it is that in some townships where (according to the census) there is not a single French Canadian man, woman or child ; in Muskoka township for example where there is not a citizen of French Canadian origin, there was a majority of eight votes cast against him. In Ora township with only eight French Canadians, there was a majority of 51 against the hon. gentleman (Mr. Bennett). In Me-dora and Wood with 59 French Canadian men, women and children on the census, representing probably a dozen votes, there was a majority of one against him. These are facts, Mr. Speaker, which the hon. member will have to explain. According to the last census the French population of the whole constituency of East Simcoe is 4,950 and the English speaking population is 31,726. How is it that with only a few hundred French Canadian voters in the riding- not all of whom voted against him, since at Lafontaine he took 47 votes as against 171 cast for his opponents-how is it that the hon. gentleman can make the charge he has made. He will have to find other reasons why it was, that 3,447 citizens of East Simcoe voted against him after he had represented the riding in parliament for seven or eight years. It is no argument to contend, that because he was in a minority in Lafontaine, I had gone up there or any other member of the Liberal party had gone there, to stir up race and religious discord. Sir, on every and upon all occasions I have condemned such conduct as that. In the county of Bonaventure which I represent nearly one-third of the population is English speaking ; New Carlisle, New Richmond, Metapedia, Port Daniel west ; these are all settled by the descendants of United Empire Loyalists, and if I were on any occasion or in any locality in this country to utter one word against English representation, it would be suicidal not only to myself in my own constituency, but suicidal to the party I have the honour to represent in that locality.

Sir, upon all occasions I have stood up for the principle of cementing the different races which inhabit this country. Let us hope that once and for all, that this cry of race and religion shall fall. When I had the honour of uttering the first words in this House in seconding the address at the opening of this parliament, the first wish that I expressed, in the first year of this century, in the first year of the reign of a sovereign who has given us an example in toleration which we may all imitate ; the first word I uttered in this House was, for peace, for concord, and for harmony among all the people of Canada. Do not blame the province of Quebec for the vote it has given to the Liberal party. Do not blame the Conservatives of the province of Quebec for the Liberal votes they have given. Do not blame the French Canadians for the Lib-Mr. MARCIL (Bonaventure).

oral votes they have given in East Simcoe. Why should not the French Canadian people be proud of the fact that for the first time in the history of confederation, Quebec, the mother province of this Dominion, produced a man who was worthy of occupying the first position in this land. Is it because the leader of the Liberal party is a French Canadian, that the province of Quebec should vote against him ? Mr. Speaker, when the Conservative party offer to the province of Quebec, men who are worthy of the old Conservative leaders, when we have in the Conservative party men who can agree amongst themselves, and not men who though numbering less than a corporal's guard are unable to agree among themselves ; one refusing to appear on the same platform as the other ; then may the Conservative party expect a measure of confidence from the people. Until the Conservative party can offer the electors of the province of Quebec men who are worthy of their confidence, no sane man in this country will blame the independent French Conservative for casting an honest vote in favour of the Liberal candidate, when he finds that that Liberal candidate is the best man, has the best policy, and has the best leader.

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March 16, 1904