House of Commons, 3 May 1870, Canadian Confederation with Manitoba



Tuesday, May 3, 1870

The Speaker took the chair at three o'clock.


Petitions were presented from Montreal in favour of protection of native industries, and from Toronto against the proposed coal duty.


On the Orders of the Day being called—
Hon. Sir John A. Macdonald said that owing to a number of circumstances which had arisen, the Government wished to meet in Council that night, and he should ask the House to adjourn after recess.


Mr. Mackenzie said that the session of the House was protacted, owing to the want of deliberate preparation of the Government measures. Days and weeks had been totally lost in consequence of the utter want of preparation for the business of the country. The principal Bill now before the House was not distributed. He should like to know if the Government intended to remodel it after the debate last night.
Hon. Sir John A. Macdonald said the Bill had been hurried. Every source of information had been availed of by the Government, including the delegates appointed by the people.
Mr. Mackenzie—No!
Hon. Sir John A. Macdonald said they were!
Hon. Mr. McDougall—They were appointed by Riel and his gang.
Hon. Sir John A. Macdonald—Of course, if the hon. gentleman wishes to lose that country he will pursue this course.
Hon. Mr. McDougall—We shall not lose it, if you do your duty.
Hon. Sir John A. Macdonald—I do mine as well as you did yours where you were.
Hon. Mr. McDougall—You have not up to the present time, according to public opinion.


Canada. House of Commons Debates, 1870. Edited by P.B. Waite. Ottawa: Queen's Printer, 1979. Original scans accessible at: http://parl.canadiana.ca/.



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