Mr. P. E. BLONDIN. (Champlain).
(Translation.) Mr. Speaker, as I was instrumental in bringing out this rather irate answer of the hon. member for Chicoutimi and Saguenay (Mr. Girard), by putting that question the other night, I think certain explanations are due. In looking up the public accounts, the name of L. P. Girard was met with, and, as was our duty, _we thought we should ask for information. Unfortunately the information was of such a nature as to open up our eyes and to make us challenge the fitness ,of that employee, who did not seem to possess the qualifications generally expected from one in a similar position. Let me assure the hen. gentleman (Mr. Girard), that he is completely wrong in thinking that we were moved by sheer animosity in acting as we have done. I have not got the pleasure to be acquainted with his son, but I may say that all my sympathies are given to the students, to those young men who, during their holidays, try to spend their time in a useful manner. I will say moreover, that far from blaming the government for employing them, I think he is acting wisely in helping them. But it might be expected at least, that when such young men are called upon to superintend public works, they should possess sufficient qualifications to tally up to the usual amount of work expected from an ordinary employee. It is all very well for the government to entrust the superintendence of such works to students, but inasmuch as public documents do not specify that such men were competent to discharge their functions, no one need be surprised if more information was asked for.
I will not protract this discussion, but 1 am sorry that my hon. friend (Mr. Girardl has seen fit to speak so long, not to show that the information asked for was not proper, but simply for the purpose of casting aspersions upon men who are no more in this House, and others, who are still here, a speech the propriety of which I utterlv fail to see. If I were to take up only three minutes of the time of the House, while my hon. friend took up twenty-three minutes, I should be afraid that the government papers would, to-morrow, charge the 911
opposition with unduly obstructing the proceedings in supply. Even if he had not made those remarks, I can assure the hon. gentleman that he and his son would have lived just as high, in my estimation. Those observations do not in the least alter the facts. We are here to seek from the government all the information and explanations which arei required by the public before voting any supplies. That is the position I took when I put that question the other day, but unfortunately I find that it aimed at one of my hon. friend's sons.
Topic: SUPPLY-DEFERRED ELECTIONS.
Subtopic: WILFRID LAURIER.