Mr. A. M. BOUTILLIER (Vegreville):
Mr. Speaker, when I rose to address this House for the first time some days ago I neglected the courtesy due Your Honour, and at this late moment I wish to express my regret and to make amends; I desire to convey to you, Sir, expressions of my highest respect and esteem.
After listening to the learned exposition by very able members of this House it is somewhat presumptuous for me to ask hon. gentlemen to listen to any remarks I may have to make. I rise with a deep sense of responsibility; I may or may not make another address in this House, but I shall be ever grateful to the electors of the constituency of Vergreville for the privilege of being present on this important occasion and having the opportunity of presenting my views.
In speaking on this matter all personal feeling is absolutely divorced; I wish to assure the House on that point. I have received very courteous treatment from the Prime Minister (Mr. Mackenzie King), as well as from every member of his cabinet, and I appreciate that extremely.
In looking over the columns of this morning's Citizen, I find these words as part of an editorial :
The Woodsworth amendment should have the support of every free member in the House.
Well, Mr. Speaker, I am a free member but I am not prepared to support the amendment in its present form. I understand that the principle of the subamendment as proposed by the hon. member for Winnipeg North Centre (Mr. WoodSworth) has been accepted by the right hon. leader of the opposition. If I am not right I wish to be corrected.