June 11, 1929

LIB-PRO

Robert Forke (Minister of Immigration and Colonization)

Liberal Progressive

Mr. FORKE:

Will the leader of the opposition state what I have got to be ashamed of?

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CON

Richard Bedford Bennett (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. BENNETT:

His observations made

in this house on the government tariff policy.

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LIB-PRO
CON

Richard Bedford Bennett (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. BENNETT:

Well, I can only say-

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LIB-PRO

Robert Forke (Minister of Immigration and Colonization)

Liberal Progressive

Mr. FORKE:

You can make statements.

But come through. You said they were statements to be ashamed of.

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CON

Richard Bedford Bennett (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. BENNETT:

Undoubtedly.

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LIB-PRO

Robert Forke (Minister of Immigration and Colonization)

Liberal Progressive

Mr. FORKE:

Tell me what I have to

be ashamed of.

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CON

Richard Bedford Bennett (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. BENNETT:

The answer, Mr. Speaker, is very simple. When one out of power and office makes declarations against the government of the day, declarations that are to be found in Hansard from 1921 to 1928, and then [DOT] changes his policy and accepts office under the same Prime Minister whose policies he denounced-I say unless he has given some evidence and reasons other than his love of power, he should be ashamed.

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LIB-PRO

Robert Forke (Minister of Immigration and Colonization)

Liberal Progressive

Mr. FORKE:

Will the leader of the

opposition tell me wherein I have changed my policy?

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An hon. MEMBER:

How did you get

there?

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LIB-PRO

Robert Forke (Minister of Immigration and Colonization)

Liberal Progressive

Mr. FORKE:

All right. Come through

with it. Let us have it. I am waiting to hear it.

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CON

Richard Bedford Bennett (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. BENNETT:

I will say this to the hon. gentlemen. I doubt not that he had an inward desire to accomplish those reforms which he championed so loudly from this side of the house, but he has found his surroundings so impossible of improvement and reform that he has abandoned the task, and in a sunnier clime in another place he hopes to find that repose which is denied him here.

The next gentleman who spoke was the Minister of National Revenue (Mr. Euler). He did not speak in this house; he went down to the Women's Liberal club in this city and said:

The Canadian government will act in the interests of the people as a whole when the time is ripe for action, and though people are assuming that it is going to "turn the other cheek," it is just as logical to assume one course of action as another.

That is the nearest the hon. minister got to any policy or desire to serve this country

Fiscal Policy-Mr. Bennett

at the moment. But the government sent the hon. Solicitor General (Mr. Cannon) to Windsor. He, speaking for the administration as all cabinet ministers do, was a little bolder down there. He said:

We face a serious problem with our neighbours. We are not looking for a fight, but we certainly will not run away from it. We will see to it that Canada is amply protected.

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An hon. MEMBER:

Oh!

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CON

Richard Bedford Bennett (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. BENNETT:

The Solicitor General

continues:

the Liberal government has never shirked its responsibility.-At present they are not as good friends as they might be.-

Despite our embassy in Washington!

Canada must play between these great nations

That is Great Britain and the United States.

-the part of a liaison because at the Geneva conferences Canada, it may be truly said, represents the American opinion.

"Represents American opinion"; If that is so we shall soon get a low tariff, shall we not? Now let us look at this statement. The hon. gentleman uses the word "fight". After the Kellogg pact, after we have decided to abolish war by asphyxiating gases, the Solicitor General uses the word "fight" down in Windsor; and he uses the word "protection". He says that the government of Canada will "protect" this country. Now there is protection for my hon. friend from Marquette (Mr. Glen).

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CON

Richard Bedford Bennett (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. BENNETT:

Then if, by means of

some method of television or otherwise, the bon. gentleman has been able to read into these words a meaning we do not suspect, the Solicitor General has deceived the people of Windsor.

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LIB-PRO
CON

Richard Bedford Bennett (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. BENNETT:

I am only reading the

language of the Solicitor General. He says: "We will see to it that Canada is amply protected; the Liberal government has never shirked its responsibility".

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LIB

Malcolm McLean

Liberal

Mr. McLEAN (Melfort):

May I ask the

leader of the opposition whether he has quoted all that the Solicitor General said with regard to protection in that instance, or what paper he has been reading from?- because there are different reports.

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CON

Richard Bedford Bennett (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. BENNETT:

I have it from three

papers and the despatch is the same in all: "C.P.", Canadian Press; and inasmuch as it was a Canadian Press despatch I thought I

would take it rather than any other as a statement of what had taken place.

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June 11, 1929