May 28, 1931

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Some hon. MEMBERS:

Sit down.

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An hon. MEMBER:

You have been talking all day.

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James Houston Spence

Liberal

Mr. SPENCE:

I shall be pleased to answer if I can understand what my hon. friend says.

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Vincent Dupuis

Liberal

Mr. DUPUIS:

Does the hon. member think the Minister of Agriculture is not able to defend himself?

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James Houston Spence

Liberal

Mr. SPENCE:

I do not think the minister needs defending. Like other ministers, he may make mistakes.

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Vincent Dupuis

Liberal

Mr. DUPUIS:

I have a sufficiently good

opinion of the Minister of Agriculture to believe that he knows how to defend himself.

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James Houston Spence

Liberal

Mr. SPENCE:

I am not defending the

Minister of Agriculture. I am referring to the time wasted by hon. members opposite in blocking the business of the house.

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An hon. MEMBER:

You are wasting time.

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James Houston Spence

Liberal

Mr. SPENCE:

Those of us who have to

sit here and take it all and say nothing are tired of it.

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An hon. MEMBER:

Dispense.

[Mr. Spence.l

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James Houston Spence

Liberal

Mr. SPENCE:

If this National Dairy

Council is of any consequence at all, it should be sustained, and sustained with money sufficient to keep it in operation.

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Some hon. MEMBERS:

Oh, oh.

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James Houston Spence

Liberal

Mr. SPENCE:

Our policies are for Canada, not for ourselves. We have no political organizations to keep up particular departments, and never had. I repeat that if the National Dairy Council is worth while it should be sustained. I understand it is composed of men of repute, and Canada needs men of that type, men who can guide the Canadian dairy industry. Hon. members know the present condition of our export trade. I wonder if they can imagine a country the size of Canada practically excluded from export business in beef, bacon, cheese and butter. Those who have been governing this country for the last few years should be ashamed of themselves when they realize our business has been ruined to such an extent. But they have no hesitation in rising and asking, "Why have you not implemented your promises?"

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An hon. MEMBER:

Well, why haven't

you?

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James Houston Spence

Liberal

Mr. SPENCE:

My hon. friends were in power for nine years and did nothing; they had no policy. They governed Canada by committees and commissions; that is all they did. They shirked their responsibilities at all times. I feel that to refer to the matter any further would be wasting time. I conclude by stating that it is a shame the country has to put up with such irresponsible people as hon. members on the opposite side of the house.

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May 28, 1931