July 10, 1908 (10th Parliament, 4th Session)

CON

Robert Laird Borden (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. R. L. BORDEN.

What is the way to make this a party question ? It is for the minister to take sources of information such as those which have been available and to call the members on his own side of the House together and to absolutely ignore gentlemen on this side of the House. That was the way to make it a party question. If he desired to have the advantage of the services of ail the members of the House on this Bill, when these gentlemen from the west came here to express their views upon a subject as to which they had special knowledge, he would have called together all the members from the west whether they sat on this side of the House or on that side of the House if he did not intend to make this a party question. If he desired to make this Bill the best Bill possible in the interests of the country he would have called together the Liberal and the Conservative members from the west; if he did
not desire to make this Bill the best Bill in the interests of the country but the best Bill in the interests of the Liberal party then he would do exactly what he has done. And when a respectful remonstrance is made in the House about it and when information is asked the Minister of the Interior flies into a passion and accuses hon. gentlemen on this side of obstructing. It is just what might have been expected from the minister when he is a little off his base.
At one o'clock the House took recess.
Committee resumed at three o'clock.
On section 5-sections 10 to 16 repealed.

Topic:   MANITOBA GRAIN ACT AMENDMENT.
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