January 30, 1912 (12th Parliament, 1st Session)


John Best

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. J. A. BEST (Dufferin).

Mr. Speaker, I desire to call the attention of the House to a paragraph that appeared in the ' Toronto Globe ' yesterday, a part of which reads as follows:
For instance, in the Agricultural Committee on Wednesday last Mr. Sexsmith, the chairman, was formally told by Mr. John A. Best, of Dufferin, and Mr. H. B. Morphy, of North Perth, both of them stalwart Conservatives, that he must warn the Premier to ' keep that man Hughes in check ' or there would be trouble.
I wish to say here that I never mentioned Colonel Hughes' namt, nor aid I mention that of the right hon. leader of the government (Mr. Borden). But I believe that the statement I have just read is on a par with many others that appear in the same paper. There is not a word of truth in it. I never criticised the Minister of Militia's (Mr. Hughes) estimates, nor the estimates of any other department, nor did I hear any other member of that com-Mr. BORDEN.
mittee criticise those estimates. I think it most unfair' that such statements should be made concerning the meetings of the committee. A stop should be put to it. I wish to say to the Minister of Militi. . and the. other ministers, that no-fault was found in the committee with the estimates so far as I know. The paragraph I have quoted is quite untrue.

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