September 11, 1903 (9th Parliament, 3rd Session)

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The PRIME MINISTER.

If my hon. friend objects to the statement that he is being informed by people in the Yukon, I have no objection to withdraw that expression, and substitute another. There are people in the Yukon who are sending these scurrilous newspapers to the members in order to have them brought to the notice of the House. I have seen these papers myself, as I receive a mail from the Yukon. I have people in the Yukon who keep me Informed also. As to the mass meeting which was to take place on the Wednesday following the sending of these papers, I would not be surprised if two or three people met together, and-like the three tailors of Tooley street, who called themselves the people of England-they called themselves the people of the Yukon. The instructions given to the commissioners are ample. As to the manner in which they are performing their duties, it is premature to comment on that; and my hon. friend has not consulted the best side of the duty he has to perform in this House in making himself a re-echo of the scurrilous writings which he has read to-day. When the report is brought down, we shall see whether or not the commissioners have performed their duties properly. But if I may judge of the
manner in which the inquiry is conducted, I cannot find fault with Judge Britton if he declined to admit matters which had nothing to do with the investigation. The instructions given to the commissioners have been laid on the Table of the House, and until their report is made, I am satisfied that nothing more can he done by the government.

Topic:   YUKON-TREADGOLD COMMISSION OE INQUIRY.
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