Mr. PAUL MERCIER (St. Henri) (Translation) :
Mr. Speaker, I had no intention of taking part in the discussion this evening, however, I was so amazed at the hon. member for Compton (Mr. Gobeil) referring to certain statements which he made in his speeches, or that his friends made throughout Canada and which had an important bearing on the results of the last election that I deemed it my duty to take part in the discussion. It is in vain that the hon. member quotes figures, it is useless for him to seek them in our statistics, or in the campaign literature previous to July 28, last, there is one feature which he will be unable to explain away, it is: that in the last election campaign, especially in Quebec, the Conservative candidates insisted that it was the butter imports from New Zealand which ruined the country and that if elected, they r^rnld put an end to it, that they would negotiate a new treaty and that the butter industry would flourish again in the farming counties of Quebec. Owing to these speeches, they were elected. Notwithstanding the figures you may quote regarding trade which readjusted itself in the course of September, October and November, as a result of legislation enacted by the Liberal government, you especially pledged yourself to stop all butter imports either from New Zealand or Australia. You did not carry out this pledge. It behooves you to tell your constituents so and I especially ask the hon. member for Compton what reception *would his constituents give him if he went back to his riding and told them: I have omitted to put into practice what I advocated previous to your electing me, and again I come to tell you, in May, 1931, that the King government is responsible for the unceasing butter imports to Canada.