January 27, 1914 (12th Parliament, 3rd Session)


Louis-Philippe Pelletier (Postmaster General)

Conservative (1867-1942)


I will come to South Bruce in a moment. When my right hon. friend told us that he had been robbed, I said to myself: Evidently some awful things have taken place in the constituency of Chateauguay. It may be that stuffed ballot boxes had been used, as they have been used in the past under a Government which was not a Conservative Government. When I heard this loud complaint, I could not help remembering Hastings, Brockville, West Huron and the Minnie M. But when the facts in connection with this matter are brought out in the courts, I am afraid that my right hon. friend will be somewhat disappointed, and that the persons against whom proof of irregularities is offered will not be those to whom my right hon. friend referred the other day.
We are told that a pamphlet was distributed in Chateauguay county, and that in that pamphlet the people of the constituency were told that another judge, Mr. Audette, a Freneh-Canadian, had been appointed to the -Exchequer Court. That was true; what lulAm do hon. gentlemen find in* that? Does the hon. member for Rouville criticise that appointment? He does not, and will not. Since this Government came into power, Liberal speakers and the Liberal press day after day have said: 'What is the Borden Government goins to do for

the province of Quebec?' When we had the great leader of -the Opposition as our Prime Minister, the province of Quebec was all right, but now with these awful men, Borden and Rogers, in power, what is going to become of our poor province? The newspapers throughout the province of Quebec have been saying: Just look at that; we had a Minister of Public Works from Quebec, but now the present minister is not a Freneh-Canadian; our compatriots and their rights have been trampled upon. What do hon. gentlemen see in that circular which was read by the hon. member for Rouville yesterday? They see a copy of the Estimates voted by Parliament, showing that the province of Quebec received a fair appropriation of public money. Was it a crime to place this before the people of Chateauguay? If hon. gentlemen on the other side of -the House had never committed any greater political crime than this, we should have little complaint to make. It has been said also that we told the people of Chateauguay that the Prime Minister of this country was a .friend of all races and nationalities. Is that not true? Has not the Prime Minister of -this country risen mightily in the estimation of the people of Canada? Has he not made good? Having been in power only two years, is his name not written in golden letters in the history of this country? Has he not endeared himself to every Canadian? Yes, Sir, he has, and we have the right to say so to the English-speaking as well as to the French-speaking people of this country. This is the crime we have committed in Chateauguay-that of telling the truth.
One of my friends on the other side asked me to speak of South Bruce; let me see what kind of literature -was circulated in that constituency and what kind of appeals were made to the electors. Some were funny; some were anti-Canadian, and some, as usual, appealed to the prejudices o.f race and religion.
You will permit me to read the funny part in the first place. The hon. gentleman who now sits as member for South Bruce (Mr. Truax) made a speech during that election at Pinkerton, and a shorthand reporter was sent down to take notes of what he said. I shall not quote his speech at length, but shall content myself by placing a few sentences before the House. This is the way the campaign started:
I went down to a German wedding: in Carrick and enjoyed myself. A few days after I was told I was drunk, I had a girl sitting on my knee. Well, you know, I am fond of females

all right at any time, but for the last ten years I have not enjoyed their company as I used to.
This "was on the public platform. (Reading):
I played cards and such as that and had a dance, and as long as I like I will do so.
I think every one will admit that this was not quite enough to elect the hon. gentleman, and so something else had to be found. My hon. friend from South Bruce (Mr. Truax) was complaining that Conservatives were going in great numbers into the constituency and that he was lighting them alone, single-handed; but we read in another column of the paper reporting his speech that the hon. member for Welland (Mr. German), the hon. member for Lambton (Mr. Pardee), and many others of the stalwarts of the other side were advertised to speak at different meetings in the county, and then my hon. friend from South Bruce (Mr. Truax) took some courage and thought he would leave the question of the dance and the girls alone and would speak on other subjects. What do we see? Let me read to you here a circular which was distributed all over the county of Bruce and find what the hon. member himself did as a candidate in a Canadian constituency and a part of the British Empire:
Walkerton, Oct. 13, 1913.
Dear Sir,-Accompanying this letter you will And an exact copy, in part, of a speech delivered in Vancouver on August 17, 1912, by the Hon. Sam. Hughes, Minister of Militia and Defence in the Borden Government. Premier Borden has never repudiated that speech or any part of it, so we must conclude that the Hon. Mr. Hughes spoke that way on behalf of the whole Borden Government. Read the speech carefully.
The report is taken from the Globe, of course, and was annexed to that circular.
Read the speech carefully; note particularly the parts in larger type referring to Germany and also remember that shortly after this speech was made thp Borden Government tried to force a vote of $35,000,000 through Parliament to send to England. The Hon. Mr. Hughes said the peril is very direct and Germany must be taught a lesson. Was this vote of $35,000,000 for the purpose of teaching Germany a lesson?
That is a question put by the hon. member.
Mr. Cargill is the candidate of the Borden Government, and therefore a supporter of this naval policy. If you think the Fatherland-
That is Germany

-is a peril to Canada that must be taught a lesson, vote for Cargill; if, however, you would prefer to continue the present cordial relations 144
existing between the Fatherland and Canada and to have a national and industrial peace and tranquility and the spending of Canadian money in Canada, give me your vote.

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