April 25, 1901 (9th Parliament, 1st Session)


Robert Franklin Sutherland



I do not wish to be misunderstood. I may say that after I asked the hon. member for Jacques Cartier (Mr. Monk) why he made such a serious charge, affecting the character of a young man holding a responsible position, perhaps affecting his future success in life, and on what grounds he made such a serious and pointed statement in this House, he at once said that his information was well founded, and that if he could not substantiate it by affidavit he would withdraw it. I took the hon. gentleman at his word, believing that his own sense of justice and right would have led him to fulfil that promise. I have not been anxious to press the matter, believing that the hon. gentleman would produce his evidence, knowing as he must that this young man is suffering a great injustice. I am willing to say that if I thought the hon. member for Jacques Cartier was not sincere in his statement, and if he did not of his own accord bring it up in the House, I would have felt it my duty either
to bring it up myself

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