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MR HISLOP'S RESIGNATION., Issue 8004, 5 September 1889
MR HISLOP'S RESIGNATION.
THE PREMIKR REFUSES TO ACCEPT IT. MR HISLOP GOES BEFORE HIS CONSTITUENTS. [From Opr Parliamentary Reporter.] WELLINGTON, September 5. The Premier having refused to accept M r Hislop's resignation as a member of the Executive, I have good authority for saying that the ex-Colonial Secretary will at once place his resignation aB a member of the House in the hands of Mr Speaker, and will again place his services at the disposal of the electors of Oamaru. This will enable him to fully explain with a free hand the whole of the circumstances which have culminated in this extreme step. Members on both sides of the House express warm commendation of the wanly stand taken by Mr Hislop, but there is a feeling of chagrin amongst some of the extreme Oppositionists, who had hoped to use the report by the Legislative Council's Committee as a peg on which to wreck the Ministry. Rumors are still rife aa to who will be offered the vacant portfolio; but, as the Premierhas hitherto refused to accept the resignation, the matter cannot have been considered. Many members have expressed a hope that if Mr Hislop is re-elected he could be reinstated. MR HISLOP LEAVES FOR HOME. Mr Hislop leaves for the South to-day, and will address his constituents at Oamaru on Wednesday night. Singularly enough Judge Ward will be a passenger to Lyttelton by the same boat. It is highly improbable that the vacant portfolio will be filled before the session closes. HOW THE RESIGNATION WAS RECEIVED. On the House assembling Mr Speaker read Mr Hislop's resignation of the Oamaru seat. The Premier, in moving that a new writ be issued, announced that Mr Hislop had resigned all the offices he held in the Government. For his own part he (the Premier) extremely regretted the action that the hon. gentleman had, as a matter of honor, thought it necessary to take.—(Cheers.) Though regretting that the hon. gentleman thought it necessary to take such an extreme step as to resign his Beat in order to place himself right before the public, he thought and believed a large majority of the House would join in his regret.—(Cheers.) He thought that the House would feel proud that its public men should have shown such a high sense of honor.—(Cheers). He bore testimony to the fact that Mr Hislop's sympathies had always been with the people, and that in no act of his administration (though perhaps at times he might have been indiscreet) had he ever acted except with one purpose, and that was to do his duty to the colony.—(Cheers). Mr Ballance begged to express regret at the action which the Colonial Secretary had thought necessary to take. He would take no exception whatever to the words which had been uttered by the Premier with regard to the Colonial Secretary. On the whole, he thought possibly that the Colonial Secretary had taken the right course. At the same time, he must express his regret that the Government should have refused to accede to a com" mittee from this House sitting jointly with the other Chamber on tills matter. The position which the House occupied that day was an onerous one. On a vote of censure passed by a committee of another branch of the Legislature, a Minister had resigned his seat in the Government and his seat in the House,—(The Premier: ''No.") He thought that it was a subject of grave regret indeed that the Government had refused to agree to the apt pointment of a joint committee, and the present position, from a constitutional point of view, was quite anomalous. It was unusual for a Minister to resign his place on action taken by the other branch of the Legislature. He thought the course taken by the Government was an unconstitutional one.
Mr Turnbull said it might be ungracious on his part to make any remarks on the present occasion, but he felt that moßt important considerations were involved is this case. While agreeing with the Premier that the Colonial Secretary in.his career as a Liberal member had been most consistent, and while] acknowledging his great abilities, he thought that Mr Hislop would have failed in his duty to the House and the country if he had failed to resign under the censure passed on him. When some weeks ago he admitted being guilty of indiscretion he should have said that; he felt it his duty to vacate the office. He held that the opportunity for penance was past,—(Dissent.) He could only say that any member of this House allowing tie slightest interference with the administration of justice would be failing in his dnty. Whatever penance Mr Hislop might now make by resigning, he could not rehabilitate himself in the opinion of the colony.— (Dissent.) Great as was the hon. gentle man's reputation, he had ruined it by attempting to interfere with the purity and integrity of the administration of justice. Sir George Grey was desirous of saying that, though some of the actions of Ministers in this matter might have been deemed imprudent or impolitic, he could not find it in his mind to condemn them. They had merely done what they considered their duty in pointing out wrong on Judge Ward's part, and if they had erred in some step he pardoned them. (Loud cheers.)
The Premier, in reply, denied that the Government had acted unconstitutionally. He strongly disapproved of Mr Turnbull's remarks. Latest. After the Premier's statement, the general belief is that if Mr Hislop is re-elected he will be reappointed to the Ministry during the recess.
MR HISLOP'S RESIGNATION., Issue 8004, 5 September 1889
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