Political meetings in the interest of the Liberal party, addressed by the . candidate, H. H. Wickware, K.C., Sir F. W. Borden, A. E. Wall, M.P.P., and other prominent citizens will be held as follows: Port Williams, January 21; Delhaven, January 23; Halls Harbour, January 24; Wolfville, January 25.
Now Mr. Speaker, the reason these meetings are being held is that a by-election is going on for the local legislature in the province of Nova Scotia. In this connection, I may inform the First Minister, and other hon. members of this House who may not be acquainted with the conditions in that province, that we have a Liberal administration in Nova Scotia, and out of 38 members, 33 are Liberals. You will see therefore, that there is no reason for anxiety with regard to the probable loss of the province by the Liberals; though I can well understand that intimate relations
may exist between local Liberals and the Liberals in the Dominion parliament. However, I fail to see any reason why a minister of the Crown, during a session of parliament, when he should be here attending to the duties for which he is paid by the country, should not be here, performing those duties. I wish to ask of the First Minister if the Minister of Militia and Defence has his permission to absent himself from his duties in parliament, and t >
engage in a local election. The Minister of Militia has been appointed to the head of the Department of Militia and Defence, and is paid a good salary for performing the duties thereof, and he should be here to attend to them.