July 21, 1903 (9th Parliament, 3rd Session)

CON

Frederick Debartzch Monk

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. MONK.

I think it is and most conclusive. It was a general scheme and not confined to that poll. My hon. friend suggests that I promised Mr. Brunet to support him in that election. It is true that at the time that Mr. Drouin was the adopted candidate of the government a very considerable number of the friends of my hon. friend from Gaspe (Mr. Lemieux) prospective candidates, came to me and assured me that they had become alienated; from the Liberal party on account of its failure to fulfil its pledges and that they had determined to come forward in St. James division as opposed to the government and as supporting the Conservative party. To these gentlemen I stated that if they maintained these good sentiments, if they sincerely had these convictions, we would give them some encouragement. But, I regret to say, that a great change came over the spirit of their dream. Mr. Drouin disappeared, Mr. Brunet came forward as the government candidate, Mr. Bergeron came forward as the true candidate of the Conservative party and I have no doubt that if these frauds had not been carried out to the extent to which they were carried out Mr. Bergeron would have been sitting in this House to-day.

Topic:   ELECTORAL DIVISION OF ST. JAMES, MONTREAL.
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