No, Mr. Speaker. I must protest. My speeches are of record, and my hon. friaind did not hear them. I made speeches, and they were reported correctly, and they were not along the lines indicated by him.
But the Minister of Railways is imbued with some peculiar ideas. I think he must have brought some of his free trade ideas with him when he came to this country and he has not yet been able to adapt himself to conditions such as he finds them even in the great western land. I thought he went rather out of his way yesterday to make a somewhat wanton attack on the members who sit in the southeast of the chamber. I have had Progressives in my riding and I will always give them credit for this, that in whatever else I may not be able to agree with them I do believe that they are honest in their convictions and that they try to do what they think is right.
I have only forty minutes, and interruptions curtail the time at my disposal. I am quite willing to leave it to the house, and even to members on the minister's side, to read Hansard and see what he did say. Perhaps the minister himself has not read Hansard and is not aware of what he said yesterday. I should not wonder, if he read Hansard, that he himself would be surprised to discover what he said. He went a little too far and said just a little bit more 56103-60*
than perhaps some of his colleagues were anxious to have him say. However, that is my personal opinion.
Mr. COTNAM;: I do not know what the people would have done if the genial Minister of Agriculture had told the agricultural community of my constituency just how the Australian treaty worked out to their advantage. Possibly, had he done so, it would have meant three or four hundred more of a majority for me. I should like him to go into my constituency and tell the mixed farmers of that riding how the treaty is operating to their benefit.