April 21, 1910

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John Dowsley Reid

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. J. D. REID.

If the hon. member has a question to ask

Mr.1 TALBOT. Does the hon. gentleman refuse

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John Dowsley Reid

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. J. D. REID.

Certainly, I am finishing

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Some hon. MEMBERS

Order, order.

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Onésiphore Ernest Talbot

Liberal

Mr. TALBOT.

Does the hon. member refuse me opportunity to say

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John Dowsley Reid

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. J. D. REID.

I do not know what the hon. member wants. But he can speak when I have finished.

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James Kirkpatrick Kerr (Speaker of the Senate)

Liberal

Mr. SPEAKER.

The hon. member for Grenville (Mr. Reid) has the floor.

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John Dowsley Reid

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. J. D. REID.

There are some hon. members on the other side of the House at least who have had positions promised them and who have letters in their pockets to show it. I mentioned that the hon. member for Carleton practically has a retainer or the promise of a judgeship. I do not wish to say that he has an actual promise, but I wiil take the hon. gentleman's own words for it. That admission came from the hon. gentleman himself in a 244

speech at Woodstock. He made the statement that he intended staying in public life even though they were throwing judgeships at him. When that hon. gentleman will stand up here, as he did, and state that he has no promise and that he is doing all this good work for the Liberal party simply in the interest of the party or the country, he certainly must expect that we will take the meaning out of his words which we think was intended. Therefore,

I feel that while he may not have the promise of a judgeship at the present time, yet it must have been thrown at him and that he may pick it up at some future time; he has to carry on the good work he has been doing in the Public Accounts Committee, i

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John Dowsley Reid

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. J. D. REID.

If he does not continue the good work there the judgeship will be withdrawn, and he would lose all the good effect of the work that he has done in the past. Now, the very fact of the existence of a case of this kind convinces me that there are many members on the other side of the House practically in the same position that he is. The hon. member for Belleehasse told us that his name was never mentioned in connection with a matter of this kind.

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Onésiphore Ernest Talbot

Liberal

Mr. TALBOT.

I never said anything of the kind.

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John Dowsley Reid

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. J. D. REID.

It was stated in the public press that the hon. member for

Belleehasse was doing his best to be appointed Deputy Minister of Marine and Fisheries when that position was vacant.

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Onésiphore Ernest Talbot

Liberal

Mr. TALBOT.

I deny the statement as being made out of whole cloth and absolutely untrue.

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John Dowsley Reid

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. J. D. REID.

I am not saying it is true; I am saying what was in the press-

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Some hon. MEMBERS

Withdraw.

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Mr. J. D.@

REID, -and the best evidence we have that it is true is that if the state-* ment published in the pTess was untrue

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Some hon. MEMBERS

Order, order.

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John Dowsley Reid

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. J. D. REID.

An hon. member, when an untrue statement is published, generally gets up and denies it, but that statement was never denied by the hon. member for Belleehasse, either in or out of this House.

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John Dowsley Reid

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. J. D. REID.

He denies it now, because the position.has been filled and he knows he could not get it. Now, if there are any other gentlemen on the other side of the House like the hon. member for Belleehasse, and if they kindly get up, probably I will be able t1' give them a lit-

tie history that they do not think is known b.y hon. members on this side of the House. I have taken up longer time than I intended.

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Some hon. MEMBERS

Hear, hear; go on.

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April 21, 1910