March 28, 1905

CON

Thomas Simpson Sproule

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. SPROULE.

I want to correct the Postmaster General if he has read that as he finds it in the paper. There were two reports out, and I want to say that this is an incorrect report. What I said was that it was allegel by our opponents that it was nothing more or less than a Conservative committee room.

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LIB

William Mulock (Minister of Labour; Postmaster General)

Liberal

Sir WILLIAM MULOCK.

Well, I am reading the Montreal ' Gazette.'

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CON

George Taylor (Chief Opposition Whip; Whip of the Conservative Party (1867-1942))

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. TAYLOR.

Will the Postmaster General ask the hon. gentleman who sits immediately behind him if the member for East Grey said so.

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LIB

John Finlay

Liberal

Mr. FINLAY.

I am the only one sitting immediately behind the Postmaster and I do not know anything about it.

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LIB

William Mulock (Minister of Labour; Postmaster General)

Liberal

Sir WILLIAM MULOCK.

There is something more that can be contradicted perhaps. At all events this is what the Montreal ' Gazette ' says :

He said the much decried Orange lodge was nothing more or less than a Conservative committee room where Catholics and Protestants met to do the good work of the Conservative party.

How far is that correctly reported ?

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CON
LIB

William Mulock (Minister of Labour; Postmaster General)

Liberal

Sir WILLIAM MULOCK.

The report proceeds. Oh. Here is a dreadful threat,

I wonder if it is correct.

Dr. Sproule received another cheer when he declared that if Quebec did not do better at the next election he would come down and establish Orange lodges throughout the province.

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CON
LIB

William Mulock (Minister of Labour; Postmaster General)

Liberal

Sir WILLAM MULOCK.

That is correct?

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CON
LIB

William Mulock (Minister of Labour; Postmaster General)

Liberal

Sir WILLIAM MULOCK.

Has the hon. gentleman carried out his threat ?

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CON

Thomas Simpson Sproule

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. SPROULE.

I think I will carry it out.

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LIB

William Mulock (Minister of Labour; Postmaster General)

Liberal

Sir WILLIAM MULOCK.

The hon. gentleman says that the ' Gazette ' report is not correct. I have the Montreal 'Star ' here and we will see what it says.

Dr. Sproule replied first for Ontario. He recalled the first time he had seen Cartier and the deeds of that distinguished Canadian with his twin brother Macdonald.

There is internal evidence about the genuineness of that, because the hon. gentleman (Mr. Sproule) is rather fond of the subject of twins.

He hoped to see the people of Quebec rally to Borden, as they had in the past to Macdonald and Cartier and Tupper and Pope. He asked them to rally to their Pope.

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An hon. MEMBER.

Which Pope ?

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LIB

William Mulock (Minister of Labour; Postmaster General)

Liberal

Sir WILLIAM MULOCK.

The leader of the opposition. I can fancy the hon. member for East Grey making his confessions to the leader of the opposition when he came back from this gathering so unlike the gatherings which he is accustomed to assemble in the west.

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CON

Thomas Simpson Sproule

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. SPROULE.

The hon. gentleman is entirely out in his reference there.

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LIB

William Mulock (Minister of Labour; Postmaster General)

Liberal

Sir WILLIAM MULOCK.

Did not the hon. member for Grey ask them to rally to their Pope ?

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CON

Thomas Simpson Sproule

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. SPROULE.

If the hon. gentleman will allow me, I will explain. I was facetiously making reference to the fact that we had in our ranks a Pope, pointing to the member for Compton, who was near by, and I said that if they were willing to sup-

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A. COMMON'S


port their Pope, surely they were willing to support our Pope.


March 28, 1905