There seemed to be some little doubt in Dorchester whether Mr. Cannon was really endorsed by the Tight hon. gentleman who leads the Liberal party in this House and country, and the matter came up at a meeting at Site. Rose on January 21, wlhem Mr. Lucien Cannon, the Liberal candidate, emphasized even morS clearly than before that he was a candidate because of the approbation of -the Leader of the Liberal party, -and of his supporters in the counity. He said at that meeting:
When Mr. Sfivigny was made minister of the Borden Cabinet I asked my friends to meet at Ste. H'enedine in convention, not, as Mr. Sfrvigny says, on my own initiative, hut at the demand and following the desire of the venerable head of the Liberal party, hon. Sir Wilfrid Laurier. It was after he asked me to have the electors
of my county meet that I sent notices of a convention in the county.
This convention was, I believe, presided over by Mr. Lapointe, the hon. member for Kamouraskia in this House. The Liberal organizer for the province of Quebec also took a very active part in the election. I do not think there is any doubt in any person's mind at the present time that Mr. Cannon was a candidate in Dorchester with the endorsation and approval of the right hon. gentleman who leads the Opposition. At St. Prosper on January 18, the same day that the letter of Sir Wilfrid Lauriar was -sent to Mr. Cannon, the Liberal candidate in Dorchester used this language at one of his meetings:
National Service is preliminary to conscription, and with the chief of my party, I am against conscription. Do not forget one thing. There are men in the Borden cabinet who want to cut the head off the French-Canadian race. Are we to ruin our country from the point of view of men and wealth and everything else for England? I say no, without hesitation. If you elect SCvigny, there will be no limits to the sacrifices Canada will have to make.
I would ask the right hon. gentleman who leads the Opposition whether he endorses those sentiments expressed by Mr. Cannon in Dorchester county?