If the hon. gentleman (Mr. Taylor) is satisfied with that explanation it will satisfy us and we have no complaint to make. The hon. gentleman from Lisgar (Mr. Sharpe) quoted from the 'Free Press' a statement made by the Hon. Clifford Sifton and commenting on it he said:
When the last election was over the right hon. Prime Minister '(Sir Wilfrid Laurier) asked the hon. member for Brandon the reason why the elections had gone against him in the province of Manitoba, and the hon. member for Brandon made practically the same reply to the Prime Minister. The Prime Minister repeated that same statement or pietty nearly the same statement, on the 22nd of January last in this House. I claim that if the statement made by the Prime Minister on the floor of this House on the 22nd January last is true, and if the statement made by the hon. member for Brandon in this interview with the Winnipeg ' Free Press * is true, I, for one, have no right to a scat in this House. If those statements are false, as I claim they are absolutely false, then the hon. member for Brandon has no right to a seat in this House.
I would like to know what reason or justification the hon. member for Lisgar has for pronouncing on the right of the hon. Clifford Sifton to a seat in this House when he has been duly returned by the electors of the constituency of Brandon. He went on to say:
I do not intend to dicuss the merits and demerits of the Manitoba voters' lists at the piesent time, more than to say that the electoral lists for the province of Manitoba are the fairest lists that are compiled in Canada to-day.
I do not intend to discuss the merits and demerits of the Manitoba lists as they exist to-day, but I will say that they are the most unfair lists compiled in the Dominion of Canada to-day. At the proper time I will discuss the Manitoba lists as no man who ever sat in this House could discuss them, because I can discuss them from actual experience of the doings of the political machine in that province. No man ever sat in this House in the same position as I am in. I am here to-day because I was beaten out of the seat I won from the Attorney General of the province of Manitoba by the returning officer and an unfair list in the constituency of Morris. The hon. gentleman says that the judges have complete charge of the list. I say that is not correct. I am not privileged to say that it is untrue.
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