February 23, 1909 (11th Parliament, 1st Session)

CON

Francis Ramsey Lalor

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. LALOR.

I think this is a serious matter that the minister has brought up. He says he upholds the member for South Ontario, that he had a perfect right to pick out this lot. The member for South Ontario states that he was the man who selected the lot. As I understand, it was he who interviewed the different parties; he was, so to speak, the whole push in connection with the selection of this particular site. The minister lays down the princinle that it is proper to place in the hands of a candidate for parliament the power to select lots for post offices. If that is the case, we should know it. That seems to have been the policy followed by the government throughout the country. They authorize their candidates to give promises of post offices wherever they like, and the member for South Ontario seems to have been favoured in that respect also. The principle is entirely wrong. If the member for South Ontario had any authority frcm this govern-men we should know what that authority is.

Topic:   SUPPLY-TREATY WITH THE UNITED STATES.
Subtopic:   PRIVATE BILLS.
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