Hon. GEO. E. FOSTER (North Toronto).
Mr. Speaker, I rise to a question of privilege. On Wednesday last, a statement was made in this House by the Minister of Militia and Defence (Sir Frederick Borden) in the course of debate. It is always difficult to tell exactly what a man says across the floor of the House. Still, I ventured to characterize the statement at that time as absolutely untrue. It now appears in cold print as reported on page 9585 of ' Hansard ' :
The hon. gentleman seems to be very suspicious. But, Mr. Speaker, assuming that every word that he has said to-day is true- and scarcely ,a word of it is true in its application-I would like this House to consider whether at its worst it is to be compared for one moment with the position of a man who *succeeds in placing himself in a position of trust in a company and then succeeds in placing himself in another position connected with another company, and then engages in the delightful occupation of selling out the company of which he is a director to himself in another company, and taking a commission which comes out of the hard savings and earnings of the people of this country, in connection with one of the large insurance companies, and putting that commission into his own pocket