June 14, 1920 (13th Parliament, 4th Session)


William Melville Martin


If there is one member more than another for whom I have a kind regard, it is the hon. member for Lunenburg (Mr. Duff), but when he tells this committee that the Canada and the Grilse should be maintained for fishery purposes in streams and rivers, then he and I disagree. I have not taken up much of the time of this House, and I do not intend to do so now, for two reasons: First, on account of my disability, I could not stand up to express myself as I would wish to do; second, I can tell a story perhaps that will illustrate my position. I had an old friend in Nova Scotia whom I had assisted in placing in a council. He had served there for three years without saying a word, and about the expiration of his time I said to him: "Old man, say something so as to let the people know that you are there." He

said: "It is necessary to be here for three years to know what to say without making a fool of yourself."

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