When the hon. member
for York-Sunbury spoke, I did not accompany him, therefore I did not hear what he said. If he said anything that my hon. friends opposite object to, he will have a chance to express his opinion on that in the House. I wish hon. members to take note of the reasons why public sentiment in the county of Kent expressed itself on the 20th of December last in opposition to the present administration. In doing this I believe I am rendering a service to my county, and at the same time, if they are wise enough to give heed to it, I may be rendering a service also to the present government.
We had in mind the subject of immigration. in the first place, and regret was expressed at the extent of the exodus of our people to the country to the south of us. We spoke of increased taxation, of increased remuneration to men in high places, and of the policy announced at that time, and since put into effect, of reducing the expenditure on the civil service by turning out in the cold men in the lower positions while retaining at high salaries those in the upper places. We spoke also of the royal commissions, seven of which, I believe, were operating at that time. I need not dwell very long upon that; hon. members must have seen some of their reports. I venture to say, however, that the majority of these reports will not be read by anyone but by the man who is paid to read them. As a well-known eastern paper said, the whole sum and substance of these reports would be worth much less than thirty cents.
We dealt also with the question of railway rates; there is some dissatisfaction in connection with the present state of affairs in matters of transportation. We also made reference to the lack of markets; to the sending of Canadian goods through Canadian ports; and, last but not least, to the development of interprovincial trade. I should like, in the limited time available, to discuss these various questions, but I have , not an opportunity of doing so now, I may have occasion later in the session, to place my position on these matters fairly before the House.
I have told you, Mr. Speaker, of the great number of men bearing gifts who were in Kent county during the by-election campaign, but notwithstanding all these offers of gifts, the county could not be bought. I have here another gem which I think I should read to the
The Address-Mr. Doucet
House, dealing with the necessity to beware of
the man bringing gifts. It reads:
The good and kindly Veniot With his promises so calming To save his Liberal party From a premature embalming.
Oh, Mr. Copp, Oh, Mr. Copp,
The railway will extend,
Judicially he ever is Copp's and the people's friend.
It's sad and sorry work,
To keep the ship afloat.
But Copp will get no judgeship If Doucette "Copps" the vote.
Arthur comes in hot haste At the voice of King, his master,
To prevent a repetition Of that Halifax Disaster.
If these big guns be air guns To avert impending wreck,
They bring a long range cannon To belch from Old Quebec.
Yes, Mr. Speaker, the electors of Kent county were afraid of men bearing gifts. As the Trojans said of old, "Timeo Danaos et dona ferentes,"-I fear the Liberals even bringing gifts.
May I make some reference to the rewards given to those who took part in the Kent county campaign? In this instance, as you must know, failure rather than merit was being rewarded. First, we have the hon. Minister of Marine (Mr. Lapointe), promoted to the position of Minister of Justice. Then we have the hon. member for Richelieu (Mr. Cardin) promoted to the position of Minister of Marine and Fisheries. I want to say frankly, that as there had to be a Minister of Marine and Fisheries, and as, so far, the present party has to remain in power,
I am glad to see my hon. friend in a ministerial seat. Even though he was not successful, he certainly deserves a reward for the great amount of energy he displayed in that campaign. Then we have a third man who took part in the campaign, Mr. Arthur T. Leblanc, of Campbellton. He was appointed a judge of the Supreme Court of New Brunswick.
Topic: THE GOVERNOR GENERAL'S SPEECH
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