Bridgewater Bulletin, August 5, 1930.
This constituency has good cause to take pride in his achievements. Not only have they resulted in substantial benefits to the people he represented, but they have done honour to the wisdom of the people of Queens-Lunenburg in electing him. Here are a few Press comments which may be of interest:
” The Citizen” Ottawa (Liberal) December 16, 1926- ” Commoners and Senators were freely discussing yesterday the advent of a new orator to Parliament in the person of the young lawyer, Ernst, of Lunenburg, whose maiden speech Tuesday evening captured the attention of the House as has no initial effort for years. The speech of this youthful Nova Scotian is regarded as the prelude to a brilliant Parliamentary career.”
“The Gazette,” Montreal, (Conservative) December 15, 1926- “An eloquent speech came tonight from W.G. Ernst, new Conservative member for Lunenburg and victor over William Duff, former Deputy Speaker of the House. Mr. Ernst, in his maiden speech, held the House in rapt attention as he dwelt with the Maritime Commission Report, and urged the governement to carry into effect “to the letter” the recommendations of that report which he termed one of the most momentous documents ever submitted to Parliament.
“The Mail & Empire”, Toronto, (Conservative) April 17, 1930- “Young men all over Canada should be given an opportunity of hearing Mr. Ernst.”
“The Citizen,” Ottawa (Liberal) May 16, 1929- “It is to be hoped that the capable young member for Queens-Lunenburg will not be engulfed in the rising tide of Liberalism and that he will be returned to Parliament.”
The Halifax Chronicle “Men & Things” stated of Mr. Ernst that any constituency might well be proud to have him as its representative.
During the debate on the motion for payment of reparation claims, moved by Mr. Ernst on May 19, 1928, the Hon. Lucien Cannon, solicitor General, said of him,” I admired the Hon. gentleman’s speech. His reputation had preceded him to this House, and on saturday afternoon he lived up to the very highest expectations that the friendliest member in this house could have for him. “If the question has been clarified to such an extent that there is very little difference between the two parties, I may say that we owe it to the presentation of the member for Queens-Lunenburg.”
Hon. Ferdinand Rinfret, Secretary of State, in the same debate, said,” I cannot find fault with my hon. friend for his presentation of the facts. He has done so in moderate language, and has shown much study in the preparation of his case and remarkable skill in its presentation. Many other quotations to like effect could be given but these will suffice to show the standing of “Billy Ernst” both in Parliament and with the Canadian people.
Contributor: Rosemary Rafuse