March 31, 1905 (10th Parliament, 1st Session)

LIB

Wilfrid Laurier (Prime Minister; Minister of the Interior; Superintendent-General of Indian Affairs; President of the Privy Council)

Liberal

Sir WILFRID LAURIEB.

I do not know but that would be a good reason, I will think of it. It might be well to have two ministers instead of one ; but I am sure that if I were to ask parliament for an appropriation for another minister my hon. friend would be one of the first to object, he would not allow us to do it. However, we will have to be content with one Minister of the Interior, that is all we are called upon to appoint. I do not think my hon. friend can charge the government with negligence because it has not appointed another minister to a portfolio which has been vacant only thirty-one days. I do not think there has been any negligence whatever, on the contrary I think the government has done right

to deliberate, to consider what position they are going to take, who they are going to call upon to fill the very important place left vacant by the late minister.

Topic:   ORDERS OF THE DAY.
Subtopic:   ABSENCE OF MINISTERS AND CABINET VACANCY.
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