February 14, 1935

LIB

William Duff

Liberal

Mr. DUFF:

"O wad some power the

giftie gie us, to see oursels as ithers see us."

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CON

Robert James Manion (Minister of Railways and Canals)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. MANION:

I did not catch what the

hon. gentleman said.

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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:

Hear, hear.

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LIB

William Duff

Liberal

Mr. DUFF:

Will the Prime Minister

please keep quiet.

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CON

Robert James Manion (Minister of Railways and Canals)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. MANION:

About ten years ago I

compared the leader of the opposition to Mr. Micawber. When Micawber owed a debt he always insisted on giving a promissory note and thanking God that the debt had been paid, and the leader of the opposition has been apparently under the impression for the last twenty years that so long as he put in books, in speeches, in charts and platforms, principles which he never lived up to when he got into power, the people ought to be satisfied and happy. He has been on all sides of all questions, and any one of us, the humblest member, can take that book which he wrote and which I tried to plough through some years ago, being unable to finish it- and I never met anyone but the leader of the opposition himself who did finish it-anyone, I say, can take that book and prove that the right hon. gentleman has been on all sides of all questions at all times in any period in the last twenty years.

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LIB

William Duff

Liberal

Mr. DUFF:

You have been on two sides

of the reciprocity question.

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CON

Robert James Manion (Minister of Railways and Canals)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. MANION:

I admit some of my inconsistencies; I wish my hon. friend would admit some of his.

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LIB

William Duff

Liberal

Mr. DUFF:

Mine are legion.

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CON

Robert James Manion (Minister of Railways and Canals)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. MANION:

I know it.

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LIB

William Duff

Liberal

Mr. DUFF:

I don't have to admit it.

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CON

Robert James Manion (Minister of Railways and Canals)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. MANION:

The greatest theoretical

reformer in this country has been the leader of the opposition. If this man Hauptmann who was convicted last night-

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Some hon. MEMBERS:

Order.

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CON

Robert James Manion (Minister of Railways and Canals)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. MANION:

had had his abilities in the line of proving an alibi-

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Some hon. MEMBERS:

Order.

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CON

Robert James Manion (Minister of Railways and Canals)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. MANION:

-he would not have been found guilty.

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An hon. MEMBER:

Take it back.

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CON

Robert James Manion (Minister of Railways and Canals)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. MANION:

There is nothing to take

back; I did not compare the right hon. gentleman to Hauptmann. My hon. friends are a little too thin skinned, after some of the remarks they have addressed to this side of the house.

I simply wish to point out that the Liberal party, ever since this measure was introduced, has been pretending cooperation and really opposing the measure. They have done as they have usually done with all the measures which we have introduced at any time in the last four years; they have been fault finding, opposing and offering destructive criticism. They have stood up when they thought it good politics and said, "We are for these measures;" but they put every obstacle in the way of getting these measures on the statute books. They forget that the world throughout the last four years has passed through one of the most terrible crises in its history. They forget that there have been thirty million unemployed, of which number Canada has had but a very, very small proportion, about one or two per cent. In all the industrial countries of the world there have been some thirty millions unemployed, and two-thirds of the world's trade has been cut off by the depression. But my hon. friends have deemed it sufficient for them to play politics, placing party first and the state second. Macaulay once said that none was for the party and all were for the state; but on the other side all are for the party and' none is for the state. And that has been so throughout the whole four years. In

Unemployment Insurance-Mr. Manion

my opinion the people of this country realize that the Prime Minister has had the vision and the courage to recognize the necessity for correcting the errors of our system. Anyone who is not totally blind and deaf knows that the system under which we live has very serious errors. No system under which young men and young women, boys and girls coming out of our schools and colleges, find it impossible to get work; no system under which there are hundreds of thousands of people who are willing to work and unable to get work, who cannot earn the necessaries of life for their loved ones; no system that permits that condition is a good system. The system should be corrected, and my right hon. leader, the Prime Minister, is attempting to correct these errors from within. But my hon. friends are doing everything they can to prevent the system being corrected-what for? For purposes of party politics and nothing else. The leader of the opposition says that this measure will do nothing for those who are at present unemployed and that we are not worrying about the future. That is another attempt to capitalize discontent. Have we had any support from him during the last four years, and particularly during the last year, when we supplied $40,000,000 for public works?

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LIB

William Duff

Liberal

Mr. DUFF:

Did we not vote for it?

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CON

Robert James Manion (Minister of Railways and Canals)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. MANION:

When it was in your constituency, yes.

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LIB

William Duff

Liberal

Mr. DUFF:

There was not a dollar in

my constituency and I voted for it.

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February 14, 1935