Mr. ANDREW McMASTER (Brome) moved concurrence of the House in the fourth, fifth, sixth and seventh reports of the committee charged with the investigation into agricultural conditions in Canada.
He said: I would just like to ask the House to grant me permission to postpone any remarks I have to offer until I see whether the reports are open to criticism. I take it that informally moving the concurrence of the House in these reports I do not exhaust my right to speak.
Right Hon. ARTHUR MEIGHEN (Leader
of the Opposition): I do not know what the object would be of the House adopting now four reports just recently presented, certainly ill-digested, so far as the House is concerned, if digested or read at all. If legislation is contemplated this session, then there would be some object in a discussion now of the merits of the reports. But if no legislation is in view-and we had the intimation yesterday there was not-it seems to me that we are not using very well the short time that remains in discussing these four reports. I do not make these remarks in any spirit of antagonism to the reports, because I am frank to admit I am doubtful whether I have read them all. I know I have read a good deal of them; but I venture to say that a great number, if not the vast majority in this House, have not read any part of them. I would think it would be better to defer consideration of them, until we were in a position to legislate, if legislation was thought desirable. We are not in such a position now.
Motion agreed to.