After the next election there may be more groups. I hope at least there will be more independents. Let me dwell for a moment on that aspect of it, this party business. Did you ever see a oity council or a school board where the public would send thirteen men, seven of them (to run the school board or the city council and the other six with strict instructions to oppose them in every way possible? How long would a suggested combination like thait last? Why, the common sense of the people would be shocked, and yet it is all right to send a man to parliament for four years who is almost powerless to do anything for his district unless his particular party happens to be in power. The wretched man is hamstrung before he begins. Did you ever note, Mr. Speaker, when any matter of pressing world-wide importance, such as the war, or more recently the suggestion about handling the pensions, comes into this house, occasionally good sense prevails on. both sides of the house; a nion-partisan committee is appointed to deal with the situation, a joint committee, and have you ever known that joint committee not to bring in a unanimous report, and a good report, and one which this house was not able to carry into effect? If it is right to do it in an emergency why is it niot right to do the same thing in a smaller matter? Would it not be better to send a man to parliament ready and prepared to support any party that brings in good legislation, a man who would be prepared to put party politics behind him, always having .the interests of Canada and his district first in mind. Because I was elected as an independent I am able to take this position
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between the two parties on this question of New Zealand butter. I believe it will be a good thing for Canada, and a good thing for my constituents. That is why I introduced the resolution, and thait is why I propose to stay with it, Mr. Speaker.