Hon. MARTIN BURRELL (Minister oi Agriculture):
Mr. Speaker, when the House adjourned last night I had just finished presenting to the House a few words in connection with matters which had been brought up during the course of this debate, and I was about to refer to some things which had been lengthily discussed by the hon. member for Carleton, N.B. (Mr. Car-vell). That hon. member has seen fit to discuss at very great length in this House a question which, from my point of view, and I think from the point of view of a good many other people, it was not in the public interest to discuss. On that point I shall speak a little later. I shall not attempt to follow the ramifications of my hon. friend's arguments, because it would be very hard to follow them, even should I desire to do so; neither shall I attempt to follow all the reckless statements that he made in connection with the subject. I sometimes think that democracy, for whose existence we are fighting now, and coupled with democracy the love of freedom and the liberty of free speech, is not an unmixed blessing when the privilege of freedom of speech degenerates as it sometimes does into license. My hon. friend has made a good many reckless speeches in the course of his career in this House; and he has got into trouble a good many times in this House; he would have got into trouble a good many more times outside the House if he had said outside the House what he has said inside the House. I might, in that connection, direct my hon. friend's attention to the excellent editorial in the Ottawa Free Press of last night, in which the editor cordially invites my hon. friend to repeat the remarks made here in reference to the Free Press outside of this House, when he will find himseslf in the law courts.
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