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

CON

Thomas Simpson Sproule

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. SPROULE.

Before coming to power, the present government declared that they were opposed to combines and would endeavour by every possible means, to destroy them. This government had it in their power to make representations to the Attorney General of the province to set the law in motion in order to punish these parties. Several of these gentlemen have written me complaining that the government have shown indifference to their request and do not wish to act. There were two ways in which the combine might be attacked. First by a reduction of the duty, and many of those gentlemen who complain believe that that is the real remedy, while others say it is not and that the combine should be attacked under the Criminal Code. If the present government were sincere and disposed to carry out their pledges, they could adopt either one remedy or tiie other.

Topic:   SUPPLY-VALLEYFIELD RIOTS.
Subtopic:   MACKENZIE KING,
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