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"Woman Member of Government and Nellie McClung Engage in Bitter Debate in Legislature"

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James P. Watson, "Woman Member of Government and Nellie McClung Engage in Bitter Debate in Legislature," The Morning Albertan [Calgary] 1 Feb. 1924: 1.

Mrs. Nellie McClung, lady liberal member of the house, flayed the government and its supporters in the legislature yesterday in a vigorous speech, criticizing them all for taking no part in the recent plebiscite. She spared no one in her castigation, blaming the government for accepting the original petition, which was not in proper form, and then, although heroic in time of peace, they were neutral in time of war, when the invasion came. She specially excepted Mrs. Parlby, lady member of the government, who had taken an active part in the campaign.

Two Lady Members in a Battle Royal

As is usually the custom when Mrs. McClung attacks the government, Mrs. Parlby the lady member of the government, replied. She said she did so because there was so much chivalry among the men members that they did not like to reply to a lady member of the other side of the house without gloves. Mrs. Parlby criticized Mrs. McClung for unfairness to the government, and asked her to look about her own associates where was the leader of the opposition during the campaign.

U.F.A. Is for Prohibition

Mrs. McClung interrupted to reply that prohibition was not an integral part of the Liberal platform as it was of the U.F.A. platform.

Mrs. Parlby accused Mrs. McClung of narrowness and of taking a partial view.

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