The House will recall
that at the last sitting a newspaper report was brought to its attention by the right hon. the Prime Minister, in consequence of which I despatched the following telegram yesterday afternoon: .
June. 14th, 1920.
Rev. Dr. Speer,
You are reported in a despatch from Toronto which appears in the Ottawa Citizen, newspaper of this date as follows.
* ' Rev. Dr. Speer stated that letters were of no avail in this case, hut money in the lobby. We hadn't the money. I hope the department did something. It was a foregone conclusion that these men of the race track would get what they wanted.'
Kindly inform me whether you made such a statement or one similar in character. If report incorrect I deem it my duty to request you to inform me what you did say concerning this subject. Matter brought to my formal attention in the House to-day by the Prime Minister supported by the leader of the Opposition. An immediate reply is therefore essential.
Edgar N. Rhodes.
Speaker of the House of Commons.