Mr. J. W. MADDIN (South Cape Breton).
Mr. Speaker, during this debate I have been struck by the many laboured efforts of hon. gentlemen on the other side of the House to point out the great difference which they allege to exist between the tariff as it is and the national policy of the Conservative party. It seemed to me that the object of speaker after speaker on the government benches was chiefly to say something uncomplimentary of the hon. member for North Toronto (Mt. Foster), and it was quite evident that too many of these gentlemen opposite were inclined to regard the speech of the hon. member (Mr. Foster) from a pessimistic point of view. The hon. gentleman from Red Deer (Mr. Clark) treated the House to a quotation from one of the Scotch poets, and I will venture to offer him a couplet which he and others of his political friends may take into consideration:
The world's a very funny place where each man plays his role,
The optimist looks at the doughnut; the pessimist sees but the hole.
And if hon. gentlemen on the government side put on their optimistic glasses when they are dealing with the speech of the hon. member for North Toronto they will see a good deal more than they do now. I wonder if, after all, there is such a great difference between the present tariff and that which the Liberal party found when they came into power in 1896.? We know that prior to 1896 the Liberal party were in the habit of decrying protection from Vancouver to Halifax and Charlottetown, and threatening to destroy it root and branch. Amongst the industries which it was said had fattened at the expense of the toiling masses of the country were such concerns as Frost and Wood and Massey-Harris; yet the Prime Minister was not so very long in poweT until he found places in the Senate for the Hon. Melvin Jones and the Hon. Frank Frost, so that these agricultural implement industries might have their in terests well guarded in the parliament of Canada. This may to some extent account for the fact that during the past thirteen years the government with its tariff for revenue only has seen fit to reduce the
tariff on farm implements by only 2i per cent. The hon. member for Red Deer was not quite content to confine himself to observations on the budget, but thought it well to step aside from the issue before the House to cast animadversions upon the people of Nova Scotia. I quote from the hon. gentleman:
I should always wish to recollect that Nova Scotia is inhabited by a race of men who are reputed to keep the Sabbath and everything else they can lay their hands on.
The hon. member for Digby (Mr. Jameson), who followed the member for Red Deer, censured him for these remarks, and the hon. member for Red Deer informed the hon. member foT Digby that he was not quoting him properly. The hon. member fof Red Deer said:
If my hon. friend will pardon me, I said they were descended from a race of men who had that reputation.
Which is entirely different from what 'Hansard' credited him with, having actually said. However, later on the hon. member for Digby was followed by the hon. member for Nanaimo (Mr. Ralph Smith), who informed the hon. member for Digby that the hon. member for Red Deer was only in fun, that it was only a joke, only a little jovial way we had. Well, I have only this to say, that the hon. member for Red Deer did not say that he was only joking; and if the hon. member for Nanaimo is his apologist and says that it was only a joke, I can assure him that the people of Nova Scotia are not to be joked with in that light. I put it to the hon. members from Nova Scotia on both sides of the _ House whether they can tolerate aspersions of that kind upon the people of that province.