Hen. R. B. BENNETT (Leader of the Opposition):
Mr. Speaker, I cannot but feel that it is idle to ask this house to give its
ratification and approval of any measure unless that measure has been printed and in the hands of hon. members for a sufficient time to enable them to study its provisions. We should be something better than mere rubber stamps in a matter of this kind. While the right hon. Prime Minister's explanation makes it abundantly clear that this is a convention to which parliament can give its assent, the fact remains that we should not be asked blindly to approve of any treaty without having had an opportunity to consider its terms and fully understand all its implications. At a later time I shall certainly avail myself of an opportunity to say something with respect to the whole procedure which is followed by this country in regard to the League of Nations, but this is not the time or place to speak of it. However, I do suggest to the Prime Minister that these treaties should be printed and in the hands of hon. members before they are asked to give their approval.