March 3, 1933

CON

Richard Bedford Bennett (Prime Minister; President of the Privy Council; Secretary of State for External Affairs)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. BENNETT:

The farmers got the benefit of every security that was afforded to every member of the public. What would have happened to the farmers' savings if the banks closed their doors?

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LIB

John Vallance

Liberal

Mr. VALLANCE:

How many farmers have savings?

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CON

Richard Bedford Bennett (Prime Minister; President of the Privy Council; Secretary of State for External Affairs)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. BENNETT:

Only 49 per cent of the

farms in Saskatchewan are mortgaged.

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LIB

John Vallance

Liberal

Mr. VALLANCE:

But that does not mean that the others are owned by farmers.

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CON

Richard Bedford Bennett (Prime Minister; President of the Privy Council; Secretary of State for External Affairs)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. BENNETT:

That is the position.

And 60 per cent of the farms in Alberta are not mortgaged. There is a certain type of member in this house who because he happens to be in opposition goes around and paints the darkest possible picture of his own country, fouls his own nest.

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LIB

James Layton Ralston

Liberal

Mr. RALSTON:

What did you do in 1930?

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CON

Richard Bedford Bennett (Prime Minister; President of the Privy Council; Secretary of State for External Affairs)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. BENNETT:

We did not do that.

The leader of the opposition asked why this was necessary. This depression is universal, it is not confined to this country. Canada still, in the eyes of those who look on from the outside, is the country that is the best off in the world. Why? Because we have taken steps to prevent the dire consequences-

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Some hon. MEMBERS:

Oh, oh.

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CON

Richard Bedford Bennett (Prime Minister; President of the Privy Council; Secretary of State for External Affairs)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. BENNETT:

Is it any wonder that

people cannot contemplate even the possibility of government ever falling into the hands of hon. gentlemen opposite? No wonder they turn to the Cooperative Commonwealth Federation.

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LIB

Wilfred Hanbury

Liberal

Mr. HANBURY:

What about General

Currie?

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CON

Richard Bedford Bennett (Prime Minister; President of the Privy Council; Secretary of State for External Affairs)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. BENNETT:

He expressed the opinion that a national government was desirable.

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LIB

Wilfred Hanbury

Liberal

Mr. HANBURY:

Because he has no confidence in the present government.

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CON

Richard Bedford Bennett (Prime Minister; President of the Privy Council; Secretary of State for External Affairs)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. BENNETT:

That is not the reason,

it is because he knows there is a problem in this country which it is thought by some people could be solved by both parties combined. A problem the hon. member did as much to assist in making as any one I know, through the expenditure of public money in respect to the national railways.

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An hon. MEMBER:

The Vancouver

hotel?

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CON

Richard Bedford Bennett (Prime Minister; President of the Privy Council; Secretary of State for External Affairs)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. BENNETT:

Yes, and protests were

made because a contract was signed for $4,000,000 and it is now $11,000,000.

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LIB

John Vallance

Liberal

Mr. VALLANCE:

And the Chateau

Laurier, too, and quite recently.

[Mr. Bouchard.!

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CON

Richard Bedford Bennett (Prime Minister; President of the Privy Council; Secretary of State for External Affairs)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. BENNETT:

The expenditures on that hotel were made during the right hon. gentleman's regime, and the hon. member knows it.

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LIB

John Vallance

Liberal

Mr. VALLANCE:

The alterations were

not.

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Some hon. MEMBERS:

Oh, oh.

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CON

Richard Bedford Bennett (Prime Minister; President of the Privy Council; Secretary of State for External Affairs)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. BENNETT:

Do you know what that

hon. member wishes to ask? He wishes to ask about some repairs made in the premises I occupy in the Chateau Laurier. That is his idea, in a period of depression. What is more I have in my possession a communication to the effect that the statements which were made in the committee as to the total expenditure were false. Iam glad to have the opportunity to make that statement. That is over the signature of the chief architect of the company. That is the hon. gentleman's idea of political war, in critical times such as these.

Let us go a step further. I ask this committee to take the very statements that were made here this afternoon and ask itself-let any one member ask himself: Could I, could any committee of men, say how much money would be required for that particular purpose during the next year? That is the question. And the reason parliament was asked to grant to the government of the day authority to deal with the problems in the manner in which it did was because we believed it was more important that parliament should confer these powers upon the executive of the country than that we should listen to the cavilling criticism with respect to what was called the rights of parliament. That is the position. And history, even the history of two years, has justified our position. What was being done here was done in England, and the United States this last week has been compelled to do it. Just let each hon. member ask himself that single question: Could I, could anybodjr say, in the month in which we were obtaining those powers, what sum of money it would be essential to utilize in any particular province of this dominion to accomplish the purpose we had in mind?

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March 3, 1933