February 14, 1935

CON

Robert James Manion (Minister of Railways and Canals)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. MANION:

My hon. friend does

occasionally vote against his party.

Mr. DU'FIF: But you said a moment ago that I didn't. Be consistent.

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Robert James Manion (Minister of Railways and Canals)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. MANION:

I was not speaking of the hon. gentleman but of his party. His whole party opposed the empire agreements-

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An hon. MEMBER:

And we will again.

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CON

Robert James Manion (Minister of Railways and Canals)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. MANION:

-and to-night they have been criticizing the central bank. They have criticized the marketing act, and for weeks in this house they opposed assistance to the provinces, assistance to the municipalities, assistance to the railways, because the Prime Minister had the courage in a time of necessity to guarantee, at no cost to Canada, so far at any rate-and I do not think it will cost the country a cent-money for the Canadian Pacific Railway in relation to some of their commitments.

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LIB

William Duff

Liberal

Mr. DUFF:

We voted for it.

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CON

Robert James Manion (Minister of Railways and Canals)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. MANION:

You may have voted for it but you talked against it. My hon. friends usually get in line and vote for what looks good politically, but they always stand up and oppose everything that is brought forward. We looked after the drought area in Saskatchewan, where there were 300,000 people on relief. This government took care of them and received little thanks from the members from Saskatchewan on the other side. We took care of camps for the young and we were accused of setting up slave camps for these young people. And we have safeguarded the credit of the country. Practically every measure of a constructive kind which this government has brought forward in the last four years, and particularly during the last year, has met with fault finding and destructive criticism on the other side:-in other words, party politics. That is what we have been receiving from the other side. They have been sitting by hoping that something would turn up to keep the depression going until an election came around, hoping that they would float into power on a tide of discontent.

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LIB

William Duff

Liberal

Mr. DUFF:

What about the Prime Minister, in his radio speech, priming the pumps?

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CON

Robert James Manion (Minister of Railways and Canals)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. MANION:

So far as that goes, the reform measures will prime the pumps of progress and prosperity. I admit that my hon. friends opposite, and I say this as one Canadian to other Canadians-

Some hon. MDMBEiRS: Oh, oh.

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CON

Robert James Manion (Minister of Railways and Canals)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. MANION:

I say that they are just as good Canadians as I am; I do not question that.

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LIB

William Duff

Liberal

Mr. DUFF:

Y'ou didn't say that a minute ago.

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CON

Robert James Manion (Minister of Railways and Canals)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. MANION:

Politically you are not. As Canadians my hon. friends are just as good as I am-

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LIB

William Duff

Liberal

Mr. DUFF:

Thank you.

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CON

Robert James Manion (Minister of Railways and Canals)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. MANION:

-and I therefore appeal to them in this time of crisis not to talk cooperation and put up opposition, but to talk cooperation and carry it out. I admit that most hon. members really believe that it is time for them to get behind these progressive measures and to help us to put them into effect, instead of raising every objection, constitutional and otherwise, which they can

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think of, to delay and embarrass and obstruct the government at every possible turn. Instead of doing that I appeal to them to join with this government and assist us to put into effect legislation which will be beneficial to the country.

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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:

It is obvious that I cannot reply to-night-

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LIB

William Duff

Liberal

Mr. DUFF:

Ten minutes yet.

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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:

I am prepared to go on, but it will serve no useful purpose.

On motion of Mr. Bennett the debate was adjourned.

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At eleven o'clock the house adjourned, without question put, pursuant to standing order. Friday, February 15, 1935


February 14, 1935