Mr. Letellier was dismissed the 25th July, 1879
Immediately after this dismissal from office an incident
happened which indicates the situation of the Govermment
with regard to the House. , The Hon. Mr. Chapleau had
said with reference to an assertion made by Mr. Langelier,
that it was not the first time that he had been convicted
of having made false assertions, and that twice before he
had been convicted of lying before the House. These
words gave rise to an incident terminating by a proposition
from the honorable member for Lotbini?re, then Prime
Minister, which reads as follows:--
" Seeing that the Hon. Mr. Chapleau, representing the
Electoral Division of Terrebonne, has made use of an expres-
sion which he refuses to withdraw to the satisfaction of
this House, although asked to do so by the Speaker, the
said Mr. Chapleau be reprimanded in his place by the
The vote was taken and three Ministerial members left
the Government and gave the Opposition a majority.
Among these names I see that of the honorable member for
Quebec East (Mr. Shehyn).
The honorable member for Lotbini?re so well understood
the meaning of this vote that he at once asked for the ad-
journment of the sitting.
Hon. Mr. IRVINE, then member for Megantic, next day
proposed a vote of confidence in the Government in the
following terms:-" That this House approves of the eco-
nomical policy of the Government, and has perfect con-
fidence thai it will continue. to put this policy in practice,
and that it will thereby succeed in avoiding the imposition
of new taxes on the Province."
This was the means adopted to keep in power a tottering
Government. I quote these facts to show that the Govern-'
ment was constitutionally dead before we voted against it
on the 29th of October, 1879.