When my hon. friends have completed their exchange across the floor, I shall be glad to resume. I say that that is the spirit of Toryism in the real sense of the word. Now in matters of government the world is advancing. I sometimes think that one of the great defects of my right hon. friend is that he does not realize that the world is advancing.
Now, I submit that it is a perfectly proper thing for the Government to seek the judgment of Parliament. If a government-let me repeat- in Cabinet Council relying on its own judgment-no matter how good that judgment may be-decides on a measure that it thinks is for the good of the country and comes to Parliament and says, " You must put this measure through or we will have a general election," I certainly cannot endorse that doctrine in the manner in which my right hon. friend does.
says he did not say that. But if the Government to-day , in power follows that method, if it brings down a measure and says to Parliament, " This measure must go through as we present it to you," what position does it put the members of this House in, or what position does it put its own supporters in?
says, " Just the position they ought to be in." Then there is only one conclusion I can come to and that is that then the need of having 235 representatives in this Parliament disappears. We had better send them all home, elect an executive of twelve or fifteen members, and say to them, " You run this country's business just as you think fit."
I am sure that my right hon. friend when he reflects on this will see that there is nothing improper in the opinion of Parliament being secured on a question of this kind. What is the purpose for which we are sent here? We are sent here as representatives of the people, to consider legislation as a Parliament and not to engage mainly in party combats across the floor of the Chamber- often to the detriment of the country. And, Sir, I think this: That if on questions of this kind-let me repeat again- the opinion of Parliament was secured and legislation brought down expressing that opinion it would be a great deal better for this country.
I would just like to say that I agree with this resolution as brought down by the Minister of Agriculture and for this reason: In talking with many members of the House I find that there is the desire that this oleomargarine business be restricted in some way, and as this measure is brought in at this time without any arrangement whereby that restriction can be effected, I think it is quite proper that the matter shall go over for a year, and in the meantime that we take the opportunity to consider the question carefully.