I am not speaking as a member of the Liberal party but as a liberal in the broad meaning of the word. Constitutionally the ex-Minister of Justice has always been a liberal; economically, not always. In opposition he is always a liberal and it is refreshing to hear the liberal speeches made in opposition. Good speeches are always welcome in this house; they are so rare.
In order to avoid having to repeat it, I say now: Between the parties in government there is no vital difference, but between the party in power at the moment and the party in opposition there is a great difference. That difference will disappear when at some future time they change places. However, in justice to both parties, I must say that there is a great difference in manner. I trust that the present government is not a fair sample of Conservatives in power. It has been very amusing to me to note the added touch of arrogance of practically every member of the government and particularly of the leader, (Mr. Bennett). They can go too far and they should remember that governments come and governments go but always the people and the people's representatives in the house remain. Courtesy and decent treatment should at all times be accorded. The reply of the Prime Minister the other day to the hon. member for North Winnipeg (Mr. Heaps) was certainly not worthy of the genial and kindly nature of the Prime Minister in opposition.
The Address-Miss Macphail
The ex-Minister of Justice (Mr. Lapointe) has himself pointed out the danger-and there is a real one-of making speeches while in opposition, which may later condemn one. As has been so well demonstrated by his quotations from the speeches of the Secretary of State (Mr. Cahan), the ex-Minister of Jus-tive, when again he sits on the government benches, needs to remember the speech that he so eloquently made to-day.
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