May 14, 1908

LIB

Robert Franklin Sutherland (Speaker of the House of Commons)

Liberal

Mr. SPEAKER.

I am inclined to think that if the statement of the hon. member be correct, that this letter later on contains stronger expressions than those he has already read to the House, it would be hardly appropriate or proper for him to proceed with the reading of it.

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Some hon. MEMBERS

Hear. hear.

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LIB

Samuel Jacob Jackson

Liberal

Mr. S. J. JACKSON.

To my mind there is nothing stronger than I have already read.

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Some hon. MEMBERS

Order.

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LIB

Robert Franklin Sutherland (Speaker of the House of Commons)

Liberal

Mr. SPEAKER.

The hon. member has stated to the House that this letter contains stronger expressions than those he has read. The whole question seems to me to be open to some doubt as to whether an hon. member can delegate a question of privilege to another member, and that being the case it would be preferable that the hon. gentleman should not proceed.

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LIB

Samuel Jacob Jackson

Liberal

Mr. S. J. JACKSON.

In the balance of the letter I will not read anything that is improper.

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LIB

Robert Franklin Sutherland (Speaker of the House of Commons)

Liberal

Mr. SPEAKER.

Under all the circumstances I think the whole letter had better be ruled out.

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Some hon. MEMBERS

Hear, hear.

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CON

George Eulas Foster

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. FOSTER.

Of course all this illegal and improper stuff will not appear on ' Hansard '

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LIB
LIB

Samuel Jacob Jackson

Liberal

Mr. S. J. JACKSON.

I may say that Mr Cyr denies in toto the statement made by the hon. member for North Toronto yesterday in this House.

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Some hon. MEMBERS

Order.

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LIB

Samuel Jacob Jackson

Liberal

Mr. S. J. JACKSON.

He only goes on to show the ignorance of the hon. member for North Toronto- '

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Some hon. MEMBERS

Order. Take it back. .

Mr. FOSTER, I demand a retraction of that. No member has a right to say anything derogatory of any member of the House, and I want an implicit retraction of that.

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LIB

Samuel Jacob Jackson

Liberal

Mr. S. J. JACKSON.

If that is the rule of the House and it is carried out it would Mr. S. J. JACKSON.

keep the hon. member for North Toronto! from speaking

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Some hon. MEMBERS

Order. Take it back.

. Mr. SPEAKER. Order. It is quite impossible to deal with a question of order if there is constant interruption while the point is being discussed. At all events, when questions of privilege are being discussed, hon. members on both sides should see that they are treated with great seriousness, because on them depends the decorum of the House. I think the hon. gentleman (Mr. Jackson) should withdraw the statement that has been objected to by the hon. member for North Toronto.

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CON

George Eulas Foster

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. FOSTER.

My hon friend is now sliding out of the question by a very unworthy method, it seems to me.

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Some hon. MEMBERS

Order.

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LIB

Robert Franklin Sutherland (Speaker of the House of Commons)

Liberal

Mr. SPEAKER.

Would the hon. member for North Toronto repeat the statement which he takes exception to ?

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May 14, 1908