March 8, 1910

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James Kirkpatrick Kerr (Speaker of the Senate)

Liberal

Mr. SPEAKER.

If the hon. gentleman (Mr. Edwards) raises a question of order, he should be heard.

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William Cameron Edwards

Liberal

Mr. EDWARDS.

I am rising to a question of privilege. The -hon. gentleman has said that-*

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James Kirkpatrick Kerr (Speaker of the Senate)

Liberal

Mr. SPEAKER.

The hon. member (Mr. Edwards) must be allowed to state his point of order.

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Frank Broadstreet Carvell

Liberal

Mr. CARVELL.

He does not say it is a point of order, but a question of privilege.

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William Cameron Edwards

Liberal

Mr. EDWARDS.

The hon. member (Mr. Neely) has misrepresented me as stating that the people of a large section of this country are disloyal. There is nothing in my speech to justify that statement, and I have the right to ask the hon. member either to substantiate this charge by quoting the words I used, or else withdraw his charge.

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David Bradley Neely

Liberal

Air. NEELY.

I think I have a fair un derstanding of the ordinary words of the English language. I have listened to the hon. member's words, and I have read and re-read his words in ' Hansard,' and I cannot come to any other conclusion than that I have stated. If the hon. member states that he did not mean that, that he was not trying to cast a reflection on the loyalty of a large section of our French Canadian people, I shall be compelled by the rules of the House to accept his explanation.

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William Cameron Edwards

Liberal

Mr. EDWARDS.

I would simply refer the hon. gentleman (Mr. Neely) to my own remarks in answer to the statement he has made-

Some hon. AIEAIBERS. Order.

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James Kirkpatrick Kerr (Speaker of the Senate)

Liberal

Mr. SPEAKER.

If the hon. member (Mr. Edwards) refers to his own words, he must be allowed to state his own interpretation of them. If he wishes to give his words a meaning, he must state what that meaning is.

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James Kirkpatrick Kerr (Speaker of the Senate)

Liberal

Mr. SPEAKER.

The hon. member for Frontenac (Air. Edwards) has risen to a point of order.

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William Cameron Edwards

Liberal

Mr. EDWARDS.

I have asked the hon. member (Mr. Neely) to withdraw his statement to the effect that I charged the people of a large section of this country with disloyalty. I never made such a charge, and I ask the hon. member to withdraw it.

Some hon. MEAIBERS. Order.

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James Kirkpatrick Kerr (Speaker of the Senate)

Liberal

Mr. SPEAKER.

The hon. member (Air. Edwards) says that he has made no sucli statement. His statement must be accepted

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David Bradley Neely

Liberal

Mr. NEELY.

I said, before the hon. gentleman rose, on this question of privilege, that if he repented of the apparent meaning of his words-

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William Cameron Edwards

Liberal

Mr. EDWARDS.

Mr. Speaker, I appeal to you. I contend that the hon. gentleman must withdraw his statement, and I ask your ruling.

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Order.

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March 8, 1910