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While the Reformers were enjoying the good things of office, Sir John and his
principal colleagues were passing the summer in making a picnic tour.
The political picnic tour had become of late years a Canadian institution,
and although there were pleasures to be derived from the outings in the leafy woods,
with their accompanying buns, lemonade and political addresses,
these were not to be compared to the attraction of the Treasury Benches.
Sir John is saying: "That's the sort of picnic I hanker after, Charlie.
When will we have one like that?"
Published in the Grip, August 19th,1876.