February 28, 1902 (9th Parliament, 2nd Session)

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The MINISTER OF MARINE AND FISHERIES.

I do not remember the hon. gentleman making any reference to that last night, and did not look into that phase of the matter, but will do so and give him what information I can obtain.
Mr. SI'ROULE. It may be all very well for the hon. and amiable Minister of Marine and Fisheries to dismiss the subject introduced by my hon. friend from West Hastings with a good-natured smile, but when we find a flagrant violation of the principle which the hon. gentleman admits, namely, that officials of the government should not take part in elections, we cannot allow the hon. gentleman to get rid of the matter in that off-hand way. When Conservatives are guilty of the same offence they are summarily dismissed. Is the hon. gentleman not going to apply the same treatment to his own political friends ? Are they to be allowed to interfere in a political campaign without incurring any penalty ? The hon. member for West Hastings has told this House that he was informed on authority which he believed to be absolutely correct, that this man had got up an election petition and solicited signatures, and possibly may have committed other improper acts, in view of the official position he holds, and all the minister has to say in reply is to pass it, off with a wave of the hand and a good-natured smile. But the country will Insist on something more, because otherwise we will have friends of the government in office doing with perfect immunity the very thing for doing which Conservative office-holders have been over and over again dismissed and dismissed without trial.

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