January 25, 1917 (12th Parliament, 7th Session)


Rodolphe Lemieux



After the elections had been won in that way, the members of the new government, of course, held divergent views on the essential issues which had been fought at the polls; and when they were sworn in, one could not help remembering the incident referred to by my classical friend, the ex-Secretary of State; one could not help remembering what Lord Melbourne once said to his colleagues: "Gentlemen, it does not matter what views we hold in the Cabinet, but, mind, we must hold the same views before the public." In the Borden Government are Royalists and Republicans. There is a combination of the Guelphs and the Ghibellines, of the Lancasters and the Ybrks, the two Roses, the Red and the White; an unholy alliance indeed. It reminded me of the very composite character of Lord Chatham's administration as described by Burke in one of his great speeches. Speaking of that administration, in which there were Whigs and Tories, " the King's Friends," as they were called, because in those days they claimed to be the King's only friends, Burke said:
He made an administration so checkered and speckled; he put together a piece of joinery, so crossly indented and whimsically dovetailed ; a cabinet so variously inlaid; such a piece of diversified mosaic; such a tesselated pavement without cement; here a bit of black stone, and there a bit of white; patriots and courtiers, King's friends and republicans; Whigs and Tories; treacherous fi lends and enemies; that it was indeed a very curious show; but utterly unsafe to touch and insecure to stand.
Mr. Speaker, that is the best description I could give-and I thank the immortal Burke for affording it to me-of the present Tory-Nationalist Government. The Tory party is not unlike the untamed horse immortalized by Byron in "Mazep-pa," the untamed horse which rushed out into the passes of the mountains, through the vales and across the fords, but could not unshackle itself because it boTe the weight of Mazeppa on its back. The present administration is saddled with the Nationalist party, and it will carry it until the day of judgment; and when that day comes, both the horse and Mazeppa will be torn into pieces. The Tory-Nationalist party at present also reminds one of the robe of Nessus. The Tories cannot tear it away without suffering excruciating pain, and the supreme pain of a Tory is the loss of office.
Some people are very much excited over the Dorchester election. I know that there

are a number of Orange representatives in this House. It is their right to belong to Orange lodges,-I myself would like to be invited to speak before an Orange audience at times. Be that as it may, I call their attention to a statement made by the Sentinel, the official organ of Orangeism in Canada. The Sentinel of January 25, 1917, contains the following, which I specially direct to the attention of my hon. friends, the Minister of Public Works (Mr. Rogers), the Minister of Customs (Mr. Reid) and the Minister of Marine and Fisheries (Mr. Hazen).

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