If my hon. friend the Minister of Finance at the close of his Budget speech had proposed changes in the tariff schedules increasing the rates of duty, at present 30 to 35 per cent, to 70, 80, 90, 100, 150, 200 per cent, he would, I
suppose have filled us with amazement. We would have been amazed at the audacity of the proposals, and if we had sought some means of comparison we would have been obliged to say that the course of my hon. friend was somewhat like that of a highwayman. We would at all events have been able to pay him the compliment that it was like a dashing highwayman, something of the Dick Turpin type, something like the man who would meet you on Hampstead Heath, take what you had and bow to you politely.
a point of order. The time has surely come when we must be protected from such interruptions as have just been offered to my hon. friend from Shelburne and Queen's. There is not only no member of this House, but I venture to say there is no citizen of Canada who knows something about the public life of this country who does not admire my hon. friend from Shelburne and Queen's. We admire his many gifts, but we admire him still more for his graces of character and for his uniform courtesy. My point of order is that my hon. friend has risen in his place and without even appealing to the Chair has denounced the hon. member for Shelburne and Queen's as being out of order, in his opinion. I think the time has come when the committee must appeal to you, Sir, for protection from this sort of conduct on the part of the hon. member.
I appeal to you distinctly as a member of this House, and I ask you if the language used by the hon. gentleman was parliamentary when he designated in a backhanded way the Minister of Customs as a Dick Turpin. That is the language he used, with evasion and the slim manner-
I must ask hon. members to allow the hon. member for North Simcoe (Mr. Currie) to state his point of order. At the same time I must ask the hon. member for North Simcoe to limit his remarks to the point of order.