May 8, 1909 (11th Parliament, 1st Session)


David Henderson

Conservative (1867-1942)


I undertake to say that the hon. gentleman never heard me make that statement. I may have thought it sometimes but not always. I do not say he always made mistakes by any means. In a simple matter like this, he would do what was right. Next we find Mr. John Haggart and Sir John Carling, and then we come to another gentleman whom I am sure no one on that side will accuse of wrong doing, the Hon. G. W. Ross. Did he make a blunder? He had not arrived at the age when he blundered, but later on in life, he did go astray. At that time, however, I am under the impression that the Liberals thought he was incapable of committing a blunder, whatever they may have thought later on. Then we come to John Charlton, a man of good judgment, a good business man and thoroughly veTsed in the English Mr. HENDERSON.
language. Did he make a blunder? And the Hon. Peter White, the late respected speaker of the House, in whom we all had confidence as a business man. He blundered too? Then we come to Dalton McCarthy, the late lamented uncle of the gentleman who, up in the committee room, told us that the legislation of 1879 was a mistake. I wonder what his uncle would think if he heard his nephew make a statement of that kind? I do not believe that he did make a mistake. He had too great a command of the English language not to be able to give exact expression to his ideas. Another was Mr. John Beverly Robinson. I never expected to be called on to review his judgments. I never expected to stand in the same class with him, much less to be put in court to declare that J. B. Robinson did not know how to frame an Act of Parliament.

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