August 21, 1917 (12th Parliament, 7th Session)

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Mr. Speaker, the resignation of the hon. the Minister of Public Works (Mr. Rogers) had been expected, as everybody knows, for some time past. It takes nobody, therefore, by surprise, but it comes under circumstances which had not been anticipated. The expectation had been that it was my right hon. friend the Prime Minister (Sir Robert Borden) who would ask for the resignation of the Minister of Public Works, but, it is the Minister of Public Works who tells the Prime Minister that he is not satisfied with his leadership of the party. The whole question resolves itself into one of party tactics; a difference between the Prime Minister and the ex-Minister of Public Works. As to that, of course, neither we on this side of the House nor the country need have any opinion. The matter resolves itself, into not merely a party quarrel but a domestic quarrel, a difference of opinion between the Prime Minister and a prominent member of his cabinet as to the manner in which the Prime Minister sought to carry on the business of the country. If the resignation had come on a question of principle, I would have been justified in offering some comments upon it, as it would have been my duty to do, but it being a party and a domestic quarrel altogether, I do not feel warranted in offering any suggestions or observations. I have only this to say that, while I have had differences of opinion with my right hon. friend (Sir Robert Borden), yet on this, as upon all occasions, it has been my endeavour to discharge the duty with which I am entrusted according to the best light I possess, and to further the effort in which we are all concerned, viz., to participate in the most effective way possible in the high task in which we are now engaged.

Topic:   HONOURABLE ROBERT ROGERS. HIS RESIGNATION PROM THE CABINET- THE LETTERS THAT PASSED BETWEEN RT. HON. SIR ROBERT BORDEN AND THE HON.
Subtopic:   MR. ROGERS.
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