Consideration of the motion of Hon. W. T. White (Minister of Finance) for the House to go into Committee of Ways and Means, resumed from Monday, April 20.
Mr. J. H. SINCLAIR (Guysborough); Mr. Speaker, the function of an Opposition is to criticise, when criticism is merited. There seem to be no dearth of subjects for the present Opposition to criticise. We on this side of the House are very well aware that the Government are having their own difficulties; but we are also aware that they have brought those difficulties on themselves. Many of the difficulties that surround the Government at the present time arise from the last election campaign; they are what my hon. friend the Minister of Finance would call the hereditas damnosa arising out of that campaign. We regard the election of 1911, to use the language of the street, as not a square deal; it was a victory of prejudice over reason, and such victories always bring their consequences. The reckless spirit exhibited by the Minister of Trade and Commerce in that campaign illustrates the condition of the Conservative party. The hon. Minister of Trade and Commerce is regarded as the safest and sanest man among them, but even he fell a victim to temptation.