July 25, 1911

LIB

Sydney Arthur Fisher (Minister of Agriculture)

Liberal

Mr. FISHER.

Yes.

Mr. SMYTH (Algomai

Up to Friday a large number of French Canadian Liberal members had ignored the urgent call of the whips and failed to put in an appearance at Ottawa,

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Onésiphore Ernest Talbot

Liberal

Mr. TALBOT:

The indemnity has practically rup out, and they do' not see the imperative need of sitting day after day, gagged, in the overheated Chamber while Sir Wilfrid Laurier and Mr. Fielding continued the farce of passing the reciprocity pact. It is well known that Sir Wilfrid Laurier was nettled at the result of the division on Tuesday-

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Onésiphore Ernest Talbot

Liberal

Mr. TALBOT:

-when the normal majority was cut down to 16 on a straight party vote.

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Onésiphore Ernest Talbot

Liberal

Mr. TALBOT.

We must consider that the applause coming from the other side is an indication that this article meets with the approval of these hon. gentlemen.

There were only sixteen of the rank and file of the Liberals in the House, when the vote was taken, and seven only were paired. With the opposition determined to bring up from day to day matters of public importance on the motion either to go into Committee of Ways and Means or Supply, and follow these up with motions of censure and want of confidence, a strenuous effort is being made to whip the Quebec men into line.

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Onésiphore Ernest Talbot

Liberal

Mr. TALBOT:

The situation in which the government finds itself is decidedly unpleasant.

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Onésiphore Ernest Talbot

Liberal

Mr. TALBOT.

I am very glad to hear this applause. We will make good use of it in time.

There is demoralization in its ranks; Lau-rier's control of his solid Quebec majority is vanishing;-

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Onésiphore Ernest Talbot

Liberal

Mr. TALBOT:

-discipline is lacking, and those who are in attendance are chafing under the action in bringing them back when they could be much better employed, according to their way of thinking, in canvassing their constituents in view of the imminent elections.

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Onésiphore Ernest Talbot

Liberal

Mr. TALBOT.

The Montreal ' Gazette ' is a paper for which I have had, for a great number of years, a great deal of respect and admiration. It is quite evident that of late bad company has corrupted its good manners. I must now say to you, Mr. Speaker, that my comment shall be very short because this article is contemptible, malicious and untrue in every particular. I do r.ot know who is the author of this dispatch, but I hope that it is not the reporter of the press appointed to sit in this gallery and to occupy a place m the company of gentlemen.

It is quite true that French Canadian members of this House coming from the province of Quebec are not over burdened with wealth but there is one thing that I can say and which will appeal to the fair minded men on the other side of the House, and I hope they are many, that it is not money which brings us here in this House. We are under a strong feeling that we are discharging our duty before the country and I have to say that if the reporter of the 'Gazette', appointed in the gallery is the author of this article he deserves the censure of this House.

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Ernest Lapointe

Liberal

Mr. ERNEST LAPOINTE (Kamouraska).

-(Translation.)-Mr. Speaker, the article of which the hon. member for Bellechasse complains is not an isolated one, but forms part of a plan of campaign. As a matter of fact, to-day's Montreal ' Gazette ' contains the same unpleasant insinuations. Quebec Liberals are accustomed to the calumnies of the Tory press, and this new exhibition does not disturb us; it will, however, serve to show the electors of the province what measure of justice they may expect from such opponents.

An analysis of the vote of the 18th July, Mr. Speaker, will show that at least as many French Canadian Liberals were in their seats on the first day following recess as members from other provinces, Liberal or Conservative.

There are in this House 220 members exclusive of the Speaker. The vote taken on that day gave the following result: 61 Liberals and 45 Conservatives. Only 106 members voted therefore, less than half of the whole House. The opposition mustered 45 votes out of a total of 88 members.

Allow me to call your attention to the fact that out of the Conservative contingent from the province- of Quebec two members only were present on that day, the member for Argenteuil (Mr. Perley), who is the party whip, and the hon. member for St. Ann's (Mr. Doherty); the ten other French Canadian representatives of His Majesty's opposition in the province of Quebec were all absent. The hon. member for Jacques Cartier (Mr. Monk) was not there, nor was the hon. member for Drummond and Artha-baska (Mr. Gilbert), the champion of the new doctrine in the province of Quebec.

But the narrow fanaticism of the ' Gazette's ' views are more especially apparent in the vile insinuation that French Canadian Liberal members from Quebec weTe not here because they had no more indemnity to draw. I defy the ' Gazette ' and all the Tory press of the country to point out one single French Canadian Liberal member who ever publicly or privately made such a dishonest declaration. Such calumnies will not help to maintain among the voters of the province of Quebec that reputation.

for fairness and moderation which the ' Gazette ' had acquired. In any case there must be no misunderstanding on this point. The Liberal members from the province of Quebec are here, and here they will remain until the end of this important parliamentary struggle, and when the fight is transferred to another field, they will be found in the forefront of battle.

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THE CENSUS-OMISSIONS IN ENUMERATION.

CON

Angus Claude Macdonell

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. MACDONELL.

Is the Minister of Agriculture aware that in Toronto, in addition to many incidental and individual inaccuracies in the census, a whole section of Rosedale has. apparently been omitted, a very large part of North Toronto. A full account of this is given in the Toronto News. I would urge that the minister take the necessary steps to have that omitted district visited by the census people so , that it may be included in the census. The newspaper states that they have gone to much pains to ascertain and verify the correctness of that statement.

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Sydney Arthur Fisher (Minister of Agriculture)

Liberal

Mr. FISHER.

I need not say that any such inaccuracy as that will be carefully investigated and if the statement is found to be correct immediate steps will be taken to remedy the omission.

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IMPORTATION OF AMERICAN FARM LABOURERS.

July 25, 1911