Mr. DENIS (Joliette):
I want to discuss this matter with my hon. friend in a polite and friendly manner, and for that reason I will not answer his last question but I will tell him this: If he wants to be logical and wants to act in accordance with principle He cannot claim that he wants to go home, because by voting with hon. gentlemen on this side he will bring about that result sooner than he would if he voted with hon. gentlemen opposite. My hon. friend said the amendment this afternoon was purely a political amendment. Let us be frank when we are discussing this matter. Every time a resolution is brought in for political purposes, according to his notion, is he at liberty to vote diametrically opposite to his principles? It is impossible to accept that.
My hon. friends have spoken of co-operation. It is true there has been co-operation between the Liberal and Progressive parties, and had the Liberals of the province of Quebec not been willing to co-operate with the Progressive party, co-operation would have 14011-330J
been impossible. We did co-operate with them, and I am not sorry for it. If we had it to do all over again I would co-operate. But both sides must co-operate. We Liberals from the province of Quebec could live very well without co-operation, and if we did cooperate it was for the reason that I stated at the opening of parliament, that throughout the length and breadth of Canada our party should co-operate with all independent groups and work together for the welfaj-e of our country. That was our object, and in order to attain it I am not ashamed to state to-night that I have voted for more than one measure which in my estimation might have been doubtful if I had considered my province only. But that was not my object. I considered the whole of Canada; I realized that two or three thousand miles from here there were provinces with which we should co-operate, and for that reason I supported those measures. My friends having obtained what they were after, apparently they say, "Now that we have crossed the river, we take our hats and are going home."
Subtopic: AMENDMENT RESPECTING FISCAL POLICY ENUNCIATED BY PRIME MINISTER