Mr. Speaker, when I started to describe the means adopted by the government party to win the by-election in Kent county I did not think I would stir up such a hornet's nest. But I have here something entitled A Vicious Doctrine. It says:
Mr. Black's selection is a notice to the administration that Halifax does not approve of the heavy expenditures in public works the King government is making there, and has planned to make in the future.
I ask all fair-minded men in the House and in the country at large whether any constituency is to be punished and deprived of reasonable and necessary public works simply
because of the fact that it could not see eye to eye with the Liberal candidate? But I have some further comment upon the Kent county by-election. I am quoting from the Moncton Transcript, published in the constituency of the Secretary of State (Mr. Copp), and of course the organ of the Liberal party:
But Kent county has exercised its right in choosing the representative it prefers, and it is to be hoped that Mr. Doucet will secure for the constituency all that Mr. Bourgeois could have secured. One cannot see how that is to be expected, for in a sense he is pledged to oppose anything the government may want to do for Kent.
Well, Sir, let me state here and now that if the government is prepared to include in the estimates or in the supplementaries any votes that would be beneficial to the interest of Kent county, be it the acquisition of the Kent Northern railway or the much-talked-of extension of the Monction and Buctouche railway from Buctouche to Richibucto. I, as the humble representative of Kent county will not be in a position to vote against such expenditure.
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