Justice has given so much work to G. I1'. Shepley, K.C., and the firm with which he himself was formerly connected.
With respect to Mr. Shepley I have nothing to say except that in regard' to any work which as Minister of Justice I have sent to him, I have been guided wholly and entirely by the identical business principles upon which I think any business man would have acted. Legal work of important character on behalf of the government has been sent to Mr. Shepley since I have been Minister of Justice, has been freely sent to him, because with a knowledge of Mr. Shepley extending now over more than 35 years, and with a considerable knowledge of the legal practitioners of Ontario, I have thought that that work would be better attended to by him than it would probably be by any other legal gentleman of the province within my acquaintance. With that portion of the statement which I have read I am not in any degree concerned. But with reference to the remainder of the statement, by which it is charged that since I have been Minister of Justice I have sent a large amount of work to the firm with which I myself was formerly connected, I want to say first that since I have been a member of this House and from the day I became a member of this House I have had no manner of financial interest in the earnings of that firin. I have a natural interest in the success of that firm certainly, not only on account of former associations during the whole period of my professional life, but also because my son is now and has been for a few years a member of that firm. But with reference to the principal matter contained in this newspaper statement, namely, that I have taken advantage of my position as Minister of Justice to send legal work to that firm, I wish to say that there is not one word of truth in it, and that, although prior to my becoming a member of this House, that firm, with which I was then connected, received a very considerable amount nearly every year for the doing of public business for the government, from the day when I became Minister of Justice not one dollar's worth of legal work has been sent to that firm by me or by any department of the government so far as I am aware.