What I propose to Your Honour is to read a portion of a letter from the provincial Government's counsel, H. A. Powell, in which Mr. Powell states that this statement in the report was absolutely contrary to the evidence. That is what I want to show.
It will keep, but in the meantime my hon. friend (Mr. Pugsley) Is under a misapprehension on the part of several people, and he is anxious to clear his name, which he has a right to do at the first opportunity.
I think that the hon. member for St. John has gone fully into the matter so far as the point of order is concerned. I should like him to believe it is not and never has been my intention, in any observations which I address to this House, to do him or any other hon, member anything short of the fullest justice. My hon. friend has not examined the remarks which he made'in 1909 as fully as I could have desired. I understand him to say to this House that his criticism on that occasion was directed against the report, not against the commissioned, and he repeated that. I must ask the privilege of refreshing his recollection in order that I may do myself the justice of showing to the House that I did not speak without some warrant. On that occasion my hon. friend said this-
No; this is with regard to what my hon. friend said on that
occasion. He states that he used no language which would justify me in the observations which I addressed to the House and he quoted just one portion-by no means the strongest portion-of his remarks. I desire to point out that he used much stronger language, and that when he stated to this House that he did not attack the commissioner, but only attacked the report, his examination of the speech he made on that occasion was not thorough.
I rise to a point of order. The point of order raised by my right hon. friend was settled by Your Honour, my right hon. friend stating that he would appoint a day next week when the whole matter would be discussed. At that time, it would be quite open to my right hon. friend to take up the evidence, but it would not be fair now to make a speech to which I could not properly reply.