May 27, 1904 (9th Parliament, 4th Session)

CON

Haughton Lennox

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. LENNOX.

I think it is due to the minister and to this committee that we should have some satisfactory explanation on this temperance question. It is not just to the minister that we should keep talking about something else and not give him a chance to explain what this charge for liquor is. The minister's reputation in the riding I represent hangs largely on his temperance record. I have had some difficulty in the matter. People say to me : He is not a satisfactory Minister of Agriculture. I reply : But he is a good temperance man ? And so far, I have been able to maintain the position of the Minister of Agriculture-not without difficulty, vet with success. Of course, the people of South Simcoe are to be excused, for they have not the same opportunities that I have. They do not see the minister at close range as I am privileged to do, and so, I fear they do not appreciate him as I do. Now, I do feel that we ought to have some explanation of this item before we go much further. Two cases of liquor unexplained is more than the people of my riding can stand, owing to the strained relations that exist between them and the Minister of Agriculture. I trust that before the committee rises the Minister of Agriculture will give an explanation that will

enable me to justify his conduct to the people of South Simcoe.

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