May 7, 1901 (9th Parliament, 1st Session)



The hon. gentleman has not and cannot produce any evidence that Mr. Papineau joined with the rioters. What Mr. Papineau did was this. He was asked to read the Riot Act, and he declined to do it. Why did he decline ? My hon. friend knows right well that when the Riot Act is read, the military commander has the right to give the troops orders to fire. Well, the population of Valleyfield is a peaceful population. It may be a little hot at times, but it is a peaceful and honourable population. My hon. friend gives to the military forces tlie credit of having settled the difficulty. Tlie present government resorted to other means. We are a government of peace, Mr. TARTE.
a* government ol' harmony between all classes of the community. My hon. friend prefers war to peace. We prefer peace to war. Mr. King was called to Valleyfield after the troops had been called out. The troops had been called out by the Cotton Mills Company; they are responsible for that. Mr. Greenshields, as my hon. friend said very properly, acted for the Montreal Cotton Mills Company. Instead of applying to the Minister of Labour or to Mr. King to try to bring about a settlement, they preferred to appeal to force. I am sorry to say this was the means-force, violence, tyranny. I use strong words, hut I know that I am using them rightly, because I witnessed in Valleyfield such a state of tyranny in 1800 such as I never witnessed anywhere else. The Dominion Cotton Mills, instead of resorting to peaceful means, called out the troops. The troops went there. The Dominion Cotton Mills apparently were anxious that the Riot Act should be read, and I congratulate Mr. Papineau and all the justices of tlie peace in Valleyfield. both French and English, on having refused to read it.
Mi-. MONK. I do not know' whether the hon. gentleman has read the report of Lt.-Cols. Roy and Ibbotson. If he has, he is doing them a very great injustice by saying that nobody desired that the Riot Act should be read.

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