August 9, 1904 (9th Parliament, 4th Session)

LIB

Sydney Arthur Fisher (Minister of Agriculture)

Liberal

Mr. FISHER.

I would recommend it as a matter of grace and favour to a man who was very unfairly and unjustly treated. At the same time as the instance occurred with regard to the government of a foreign country. it might be dangerous for us to establish a precedent of that kind by passing an item in the estimates. I can assure my hon. friend that the department and the government through the Secretary of State, made every representation possible to the Washington authorities. I would say further that had not the final reply of the Washington authorities been so very positive, I would have been glad to go on and press the matter, but there is a point at which the self-respect of the Canadian people must lead them to cease dealing with a foreign country when it shows no disposition to meet their views.

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