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[Letter to editor of New Westminster News] Laurier, Wilfred Dec 30, 1907

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Ottawa, 30th December, 1907,
Dear 3ir,-
My attention has just been drawn to an editorial in the Victoria
Colonist of December 18th, and a statement made by the Hon. Richard McBride
in a speech to the Young Conservatives Club of New Y/estminster, and reported
in the Columbian of the Slst instant, both referring to certain words said to
have been utt%red by me at a public meeting in Ottawa, on December 3rd.
In discussing the views and sentiments of the people of British Columbia, in regard to Oriental immigration, I am quoted as saying: "You have
your views on this question. Y-:u are hostile to the immigration of the Oriental races. I do not care for your sentiments, and I believe you are making a
mistake".
Had the Editor of the Colonist, and Mr. McBride, gone farther, and
quoted, the words immediately following: "but these are your sentiments and I
an: bound to respect them", it would have at once been apparent that I was misquoted., and that the words which were actually used by me were: "I do not
share in your sentiments".
I would also refer to my speech in the House of Commons delivered
the day immediately preceding (See. Revised Hansard, page 61): "The people
of British Columbia have certain, views, upon this question. I would not be
honest with myself or with them wer% I to say I share those views, but whilst I do not share them I am bound to respect them. We are bound to see that
the views of all people in a free oountry like this are given respect to".
Yours respectfully,
The Editor,
The New Westminster News,
New Westminster, B. C.
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