June 1, 1908 (10th Parliament, 4th Session)


Robert Laird Borden (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Conservative (1867-1942)


I would like to refer again to the question as to the use which is being made of the government steamer ' Champlain.' On Tuesday I brought to the attention of the government the statement that the government steamer ' Champlain ' was being used by Mr. Taschereau, Minister of Public Works in the province of Quebec, candidate in Charlevoix, for political purposes. I stated to the House that I had been credibly informed that persons supposed to be Conservatives were turned off that steamer although they offered to pay their passage. The hon. Minister of Marine and Fisheries (Mr. Brodeur) stated in reply that the route of the steamer had been somewhat extended. He did not say for what purpose, or at whose instance, although my question involved that. I have now another telegram from Mr. Rodolphe Forget, a member of this House, bearing date the 27th day of May, which says that :
Steamer * Champlain ' refused ito call at St. Irene for me and Conservative friends this morning although scheduled for this place.
On looking at the report of the Department of Marine and Fisheries I observe that the place named is one of the points at which that steamer is supposed to call. I would like to ask the right hon. Prime Minister (Sir Wilfrid Laurier) whether the government has any information upon this and whether it is true or not that this steamer is being used as a political transport in the

interests of tbe Liberal party in the provincial election now going on in tbe province of Quebec ?

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