March 14, 1910 (11th Parliament, 2nd Session)


Frank Oliver (Minister of the Interior; Superintendent-General of Indian Affairs)



In order to ease the strain, I want to say that if any hon. gentleman considers that I applied the word to him, I beg to withdraw it and to say that I do not consider any of them bullies. I wish to say further that, so far as my attitude is concerned, I have always desired to be courteous to every hon. member and transact business with due regard to the dignity of the House and the respect due by one man to another, whether in the House or out of it. When the hon. member for Dauphin (Mr. Campbell) questioned me with regard to the Bill before six o'clock, I replied to him in the spirit in which, as I judged, he had asked the question. When he reverted to the matter after eight o'clock, he seemed to consider that I had attached some ill-meaning to the words, or intended to convey an insult to him, ai)d I could not understand what was in his mind. As far as I can judge, there must have been something in his mind that was not in mine, judging by the remarks of the hon. member for Macdonald (Mr. Staples); and while I would like every one to understand that I wish to treat every one with all courtesy, I would like also every one to understand that they can always get their change when they come to me. But I do want the hon. member for Dauphin (Mr. Campbell) to understand that I had no intention of conveying any slur upon him, either as a man or member of the House, or in any way, shape or manner.

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