January 26, 1917 (12th Parliament, 7th Session)


Arthur Bliss Copp



I have not seen the reply in the Journal of this evening. I was going on to say that that i3 a statement signed by mo men and sworn to before a Justice of the Peace in the county of Dorchester. The hon. Minister of Public Works says that Mr. Blondin has given it an unequivocal denial. That answer I will read in order to have it placed upon Hansard, because I do not want to say anything unfair about any one. If, however, the statement in that affidavit is correct, that this gentleman (who occupies a position in the Government and who is in the service

of the country and has the secrets of affairs in connection with this matter) has made use of such a statement, it is no wonder that the member for Bonaventure (Mr. Marcil) and the member for Rouville (Mr. Lemieux) pointed out last night how impossible it would be to expect _ recruiting to go on when one of the ministers of the Crown would go down to the county of Dorchester in the province of Quebec, and for the purpose of a little, cheap party advantage at an election to be held there on Saturday, would put it into the minds of his compatriots that, instead of signing the National Service cards and doing their part in the war, they should step across the border. Mr. Blondin says:
Let us suppose that if these thefts have taken place-
He does not say the money was stolen, but by implication he comes very near to admitting that a great deal of the money was stolen; but he asks what difference does it make as it is the money of England. The matter should be taken up at once and some light thrown on it. I will now read the denial of Mr. Blondin.

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