What is that but an insinuation ? If these hon. gentlemen have anything to say with reference to the Minister of the Interior, they are well aware that he will be in this House in eight or ten days. They will then have an ample opportunity, if they have any charges to make against him, to make those charges on their responsibility as members of this House. It would be well for them to remember that an hon. gentleman in the last parliament, whom some of them are imitating to-night, spoke for nine hours in reciting charge after charge, which he refused to take the responsibility of making ; and what was the consequence ? The leader of the opposition at that time, Sir Charles Tupper, repeated the charges which had been made by the hon. member for Pictou (Sir Charles Hibbert Tupper). The leader of the opposition of that day and the hon. member for Pictou, who is absent from the House, had a great deal more courage than some of these hon. gentlemen have to-night. They had the courage to go outside and make on the public platform the charges which they had made in this House; and what was the consequence ? The leader of the opposition made the charge all over the country, that the Minister of the Interior had been connected with his law partner at Brandon in granting some licenses for the sale of liquor in the Yukon ; but when Sir Charles Hibbert Tupper spoke at a meeting in Brandon during the election of 1900 repeating those charges he was met with a letter written by Sir Charles Tupper, sr., in which he had taken everything back. I can read the letter if hon. gentlemen would like to hear it, as it is very interesting reading. This is the letter as it appears in the Winnipeg ' Free Press : '
Dear Sir,-Referring to a speech made by me at Brandon on the_ 20th of November last, during 'which you claim I made certain damaging references to you in reference to the importation or alleged importation of liquor into the Yukon Territory, I beg to say that such speech was intended to be directed by me entirely to a discussion of public questions, and my intention was not to reflect in any way upon you personally. If any of those present took a different meaning from what I said I now beg to say that subsequent investigation has shown me that the telegram sent in your name to Mr. Sifton on the 12th of June, 1898, asking that the letter in question should be amended so as to include the importation of liquor into the Yukon, and which telegram was referred to by Mr. Sifton on the floor of the House of Commons as having been received by him from you, was not sent or authorized by you and that you did not directly or indirectly in any way through yourself or any other person take or attempt to take liquor into the Yukon Territory under the authority of the letter given by Mr. Sifton to which I referred in my remarks, and that you were no party directly or indirectly to the attempt made to dispose of the liquor. I further beg to state that I have satisfied myself that there is no ground for believing that yourself or Mr. Sifton were concerned together in taking or attempting to take liquor into the Yukon Territory. I sincerely regret if anything which I said has been construed into a reflection on your character.
That letter is signed by Sir Charles Tupper. It was sent only after a writ was issued. The leader of the opposition went through this country repeating those statements on platform after platform, and when he found that he was going to be dragged into court, he wrote this apology. After repeating this all through the country, we find that he had to take it all back. It is within the memory of every hon. gentleman who had a seat in the last parliament that statements were made in this House charging the hon. Minister of the Interior with I do not know what. I could read you a nine hours speech of Sir Charles Hibbert Tupper, making all sorts of Insinuations, and if the government are to be stampeded every time any hon. gentleman chooses to repeat gossip or make insinuations against them, we would have commissions appointed every day in the week. The hon. Minister of the Interior will be here in ten or twelve days, and if any hon. gentleman opposite has any charges to make, let him do as the exMinister of Public Works did some years ago, take the responsibility of making them and no doubt he will get ail the investigation he wants.
House divided on amendment of Mr. Cas-grain :
Maclaren (Perth), McGowan,
Borden (Halifax), Boyd,
Borden (Sir Frederick), Bourbonnais,
Demers (St. JoTin), Desjardins,
Robinson (Elgin), Roche (Marquette), Rosamond,
Marcil (Bagot), Marcil (Bonaventure), Matheson,
Mulock (Sir William), Parmelee,
Girard,. Ross (Ontario),
Gould, Ross (Rimouski),
Hyman, Sutherland (Essex),
Johnston (Cape Breton), Sutherland (Oxford),
Laurier (Sir Wilfrid), Tucker,
Smith (Vancouver), Broder.
Bureau, Smith (Wentworth).
Roche (Halifax). Robinson (Northum-
Tolmie. Reid (Grenville),
Thompson (Haldimand and Monck). Cartwright (Sir Richard Johnston (Lambton) McCoIl.
Ross (Victoria). Costigan,
Laurier (L'Assomption), McCool,
Johnston (Cardwell), Thomson (Grey), Roddick,
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