No, I am not making a bid at all; as a matter of fact most people could not be ten years in the house without having been made aware that people might be willing to do something if a certain attitude were made manifest.
Last year the hon. member for Acadia (Mr. Gardiner), backed up by the hon. member for Bow River (Mr. Garland), by
myself and by certain members from Toronto brought this matter to the attention of the house. The action of the government was defended by the then Minister oi Public Works. This year the hon. member for Acadia, again backed up by several of the independent members, introduced the question in the house. I think it is not going too far to say that if this group had not brought the matter to the attention of the house we would have heard very little about Beauharnois, so we must assume some responsi-[DOT] bility for whatever good or evil has come about in connection with this investigation.
I might point out as well that it was really touch and go as to whether or not the matter should be discussed in the house at all. Hon. members may recall that at first only a handful of members voted in favour of considering the question, and then a roll call was asked for. In fact I am not quite sure that we were strictly entitled to a roll call, so small was the number of members who actually stood up. I might note also that the leader of the opposition (Mr. Mackenzie King) voted on that occasion only after the Prime Minister had voted, and at this point I may say that I believe very considerable credit should be given the Prime Minister for having permitted this matter to go to a committee.
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