I hear the hon. member for Pictou crowing, my old friend from Pictou. I admire his constituency because I was brought up down there. Perhaps it is because of my relations with the Scotch people in Pictou that I am so chary about giving advice.
The people sent for me; that is more than they would do for you. Since the interruptions are growing I think I shall continue a little longer. I am giving an opportunity to some hon. gentlemen opposite to blow off some of the steam which formed at the time of the Athabaska election.
When he finds himself in the clear atmosphere of the Gatineau he wants to toot his horn. Without being discourteous to the people of Halifax may I say that owing to the fog so prevalent in that district, and which condition applies also to St. John, they have become used to the blowing of the fog whistle. Then, when they find themselves in a clear atmosphere they are lonesome, and in order to remind themselves of home they blow their own horns.
Mr. Chairman, I should like to have the floor for a few moments. I am very much concerned with my hon. friends opposite who have been doing so much talking, and I feel inclined to say a few words to them. First may I tell them that through their debate on the relief measures they are holding up both the house and the country. The present administration has done everything possible to better the unemployment situation in Canada. The legislation passed by this government has tended to improve that unfortunate condition, and there has been an honest endeavour to alleviate suffering.
Hon. members opposite have criticized the administration; that is their duty. Help yourselves; this administration will survive, and when the next opportunity arrives itwill carry the country. People in Canada
have too much common sense to listen to the objections of hon. members opposite. The opposition have nothing to offer; they have been obstructing in every possible way, shape and form.
At this point I should like to take my old friend from Gloucester (Mr. Veniot) to task. He has made some comments concerning remarks by the Premier of New Brunswick.Turning to page 944 of Hansard for the current session I find that the hon. member for Gloucester told in flowery language what the Premier of New Brunswick had said. When the hon. member made the statement on March 8 of this year I took objection, and stated I did not believe the hon. member's statement was correct. I feel there is no
occasion to hurry, because hon. members will agree I have taken very little time in the debates of this house. I quote from the remarks of the hon. member for Gloucester, in which he sets forth statements by the Premier of New Brunswick:
He said. "Not a single Liberal will have any part of this unemployment work. It is Doctor Coffyn"-
-who was the provincial government candidate -"that will look after it and not P. J. Veniot."
That partisanship was carried on throughout the length and breadth of the county of Gloucester. There was a by-election in that county; the premier of New Brunswick addressed a public meeting in the town of Bathurst on the Friday night before the election and said:
And at this point I wish to explain that what I am about to read are remarks attributed to the Premier of New Brunswick by the hon. member for Gloucester.
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We do not want Doctor Coffyn elected in Gloucester because we need his vote to maintain the government in power. We want him elected so that he will have reason to do something big for Gloucester county along the lines of the unemployment relief aid to be given by the federal government and the province of New Brunswick.
There was a bribe held out to the electors of that county; they were told that unless Doctor Coffyn was elected, unless they returned a man who was favourable to the government, the government would measure the relief to be doled out in Gloucester county by the actions of the electors on polling day.
Now, to go a little further;
Mr. Price: I don't believe the premier ever made such a statement.
Now the hon. member for Gloucester:
Mr. Veniot: And I know you would say, if he did make it, that he had no right to make it, wouldn't you?
Mr. Price: I would simply say just now that he didn't make it.
Mr. Veniot: He did make it. The hon. gentleman has no right under the rules of the house to question my veracity.
Now, then, Mr. Chairman, we will just get after his veracity. It has been the privilege in days gone by for the hon. member for Gloucester to make statements in the provincial house, and as he waved papers to declare "I hold the records right here in my hand." But the records did not amount to anything. And he did not have anything of record when he made that statement on the floor of this house. I wish to tell the hon. member for Gloucester that I have communicated with the hon. Premier of New Brunswick. I want it to be clearly and distinctly understood by this house that for future reference-