I think I should give the same reason as for the dismissal of Mr. St. Pierre because the hon. member for Mai-sonneuve (Mr. Verville) does not deny that Mr. St. Pierre was an organizer or was chief of a Liberal club.
I want to give my hon. friend the minister a little more information. Mr. Bohan held another office under this Government and again political exigencies required that his head should come off. In the case of the other officer he was given an investigation and if my hon. friend will look at the evidence, which he will find in a return brought down to this House last year, he will see that the only evidence that was given against this man, Bohan, was that he was seen about a week before the election of 1908 going to the hotel in which I happened to be spending the night. On election day in 1911 he was seen
speaking to me on the street in the pres* once of probably three or four hundred people. That is the only evidence which they can find against Mr. Bohan.
Certainly. I want my hon. friend to remember that when the Conservatives want an office in the Maritime provinces they get it; it does not make any difference what it is. Sometimes they go through the form of an investigation; sometimes they do not, but the result is always the same. Oh, yes, Mr. Bohan was dismissed.
I think that if he were seen speaking to the Liberal candidate, that would be quite sufficient, although surely in a free country like this, a man should be allowed to speak to whoever he chooses.
Mr. Bohan has a sister who was postmistress. She was dismissed, too, without any notice. My hon. friend the Postmaster General commences to look up now. He remembers that. He agreed to give her an investigation, but she has never got it yet. However, that will come up on another item. .
It might be interesting to go down all the list of these nine men. We ought to have this return made complete. In the case of one man we are told that he was the partner of a man who, they were afraid, might be a political foe in the future. Another man was dismissed because he was seen speaking to the Liberal candidate on the street. I would like to know the . causes for the dismissals of the other seven men. The thanks of the committee are due to the hon. member for Shefford (Mr. Boivin) for bringing this matter up.