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.