In order to confirm what I have just stated I would say that if my right hon. friend will look at page 290 of Hansard and read the reference which was made to Mr. Laidlaw he will find that the hon. member declared that Mr. Laidlaw on account of his financial position was not entitled to any consideration at that time. In reply to that statement the telegram merely says that the hon. member himself together with Mr. Laidlaw made application to the government for consideration in relation to seed in the spring of last year. I think that is an answer in full to the suggestion that this gentleman was not entitled to consideration after he had lost another crop. The facts are very clear, as outlined both in the remarks of the hon. member and in the telegrams replying to those remarks.
As to whether it is within the rules of the house to have the reply placed upon Hansard in the manner in which it was done yesterday, that is another matter upon which you, Mr. Speaker, will rule. So far as the facts are concerned, nothing has been produced to indicate that they are other than as I have stated them to the house at this time.