June 6, 1922

LIB
?

Some hon. MEMBERS:

No.

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William Lyon Mackenzie King (Prime Minister; President of the Privy Council; Secretary of State for External Affairs)

Liberal

Mr. MACKENZIE KING:

Well, per.

haps we might pass from that to something else, if there is any doubt as to whether the party opposite have always kept their pledges. I hold in my hand the Speech from the Throne delivered in this Parliament on February 14, 1921, and I quote the fallowing, the most solemn pledge that could be given to a Parliament. His Excellency, at the opening of Parliament read:

My advisers are convinced of the necessity for a revision of the customs tariff. In order

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to secure the most complete information a committee has conducted an extensive and thorough inquiry, and has secured the views of all parties and interests in every province. The hearings necessary for this purpose have now been completed, and the conclusions founded thereon will be submitted to you in due course.

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CON
LIB

William Lyon Mackenzie King (Prime Minister; President of the Privy Council; Secretary of State for External Affairs)

Liberal

Mr. MACKENZIE KING:

My right

hon. friend says "Hear, hear". Does he cmean that the time has still to come for action in that matter?

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CON

Arthur Meighen (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. MEIGHEN:

The time would have

come all right. We made no pledge whatever to submit those conclusions at that session.

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LIB

William Stevens Fielding (Minister of Finance and Receiver General)

Liberal

Mr. FIELDING:

Then why did you

make reference to it in your sessional programme?

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CON

Arthur Meighen (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. MEIGHEN:

For reasons which the hon. gentleman knows and which he has confirmed himself.

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LIB

William Lyon Mackenzie King (Prime Minister; President of the Privy Council; Secretary of State for External Affairs)

Liberal

Mr. MACKENZIE KING:

My right hon. friend is very logical in these matters. Will he tell us then, why he takes exception to our not putting our whole programme into effect this session?

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CON

Arthur Meighen (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. MEIGHEN:

Because you pledged

yourself to do so when returned to power.

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LIB

William Lyon Mackenzie King (Prime Minister; President of the Privy Council; Secretary of State for External Affairs)

Liberal

Mr. MACKENZIE KING:

Does my right hon. friend think that this Government is in power only for one year? If he does he is mightly mistaken.

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CON

Arthur Meighen (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. MEIGHEN:

Will the Prime Minister say that he intends to put all the platform into effect? Does he intend implementing the convention platform in its entirety?

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LIB

William Lyon Mackenzie King (Prime Minister; President of the Privy Council; Secretary of State for External Affairs)

Liberal

Mr. MACKENZIE KING:

If my right hon. friend lives long enough he will live to see what this Government will do in the matter of this platform; hut one thing he will never live to see is this Government putting words into the lips of His Majesty's representative which it does not intend to translate into action.

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CON

Arthur Meighen (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. MEIGHEN:

But the Minister of Finance (Mr. Fielding) says he is against that matter.

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LIB

William Lyon Mackenzie King (Prime Minister; President of the Privy Council; Secretary of State for External Affairs)

Liberal

Mr. MACKENZIE KING:

I notice my right hon. friend still jumps up each time he is hit.

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CON
LIB

William Lyon Mackenzie King (Prime Minister; President of the Privy Council; Secretary of State for External Affairs)

Liberal

Mr. MACKENZIE KING:

Now my right hon. friend condemns the Government for not putting its platform into effect at this

particular time. Why has he not moved his platform in an amendment to the budget proposals now before the House?

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CON

Arthur Meighen (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. MEIGHEN:

What would be the use of moving a protectionist platform to a protectionist budget?

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William Stevens Fielding (Minister of Finance and Receiver General)

Liberal

Mr. FIELDING:

My right hon. friend is going to vote against it.

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William Lyon Mackenzie King (Prime Minister; President of the Privy Council; Secretary of State for External Affairs)

Liberal

Mr. MACKENZIE KING:

Let me pass to the more serious aspect of this question, which relates to whether the Liberal party has or has not carried out its pledges of tariff revision. Take, first of all, the platform of the Liberal party as drafted at the convention in 1919. My right hon. friend is fond of alluding to that particular platform.

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June 6, 1922