May 10, 1939

LIB

Walter Edward Foster (Speaker of the Senate)

Liberal

Mr. SPEAKER:

Order. I would ask hon. members to refrain from interjecting remarks. Hon. members should converse inauddbly. We can hardly hear the hon. member for Winnipeg North Centre (Mr. Woodswortfo). I want order in the house.

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James Shaver Woodsworth

Co-operative Commonwealth Federation (C.C.F.)

Mr. WOODSWORTH:

A few days ago our position was ridiculed. I could not but recall that in 1935, when there was the silver jubilee, the present Minister of Justice (Mr. Lapointe) had a few words to say when someone ventured to propose a long adjournment. Here is what he said:

I have related the work that has been done-

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Ernest Lapointe (Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada)

Liberal

Mr. LAPOINTE (Quebec East):

I was very happy.

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James Shaver Woodsworth

Co-operative Commonwealth Federation (C.C.F.)

Mr. WOODSWORTH:

-or rather the work that has not been done.

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Ernest Lapointe (Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada)

Liberal

Mr. LAPOINTE (Quebec East):

Unfortunately it was not.

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James Shaver Woodsworth

Co-operative Commonwealth Federation (C.C.F.)

Mr. WOODSWORTH:

I claim, sir, that it is an extraordinary presumption on the part of the government to ask for an adjournment of .this house under those conditions, and it would be extreme simplicity on our part to agree to an adjournment under these conditions. In the country there is anger and impatience; unemployment is raging. Is it fair to ask us to suspend the work of parliament for five weeks while there is such distress in Canada

Have conditions improved?

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Ernest Lapointe (Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada)

Liberal

Mr. LAPOINTE (Quebec East):

Undoubtedly.

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John Ritchie MacNicol

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. MacNICOL:

They are far worse.

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LIB

Walter Edward Foster (Speaker of the Senate)

Liberal

Mr. SPEAKER:

Order.

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James Shaver Woodsworth

Co-operative Commonwealth Federation (C.C.F.)

Mr. WOODSWORTH:

The Minister of Justice pointed to the feck of interest which prevailed with regard to the debates in the house, and he said:

Hon. gentlemen opposite were not even staying to listen to their own friends. So much so that the leading newspaper in this city had an editorial entitled "Parliament is Through." Well, I agree with it. This parliament is suffering from senility, and the government which is in control seems to be afflicted with

aralysis. An adjournment of five weeks would

e only soporific,-

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Ernest Lapointe (Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada)

Liberal

Mr. LAPOINTE (Quebec East):

That was a pretty good speech.

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James Shaver Woodsworth

Co-operative Commonwealth Federation (C.C.F.)

Mr. WOODSWORTH:

-it would be only a sleeping dose given to a dying subject.

I quite admit that I cannot put the case nearly as well as did the Minister of Justice. I would say that this government, with its huge majority, has almost everything in its own hands. There is only one thing further to do-do away with an effective opposition, and the administration of this country will undoubtedly run more smoothly.

I should like also to ask this question: Should his majesty be asked to associate himself, however formally, with a disgraceful repudiation of parliament's responsibility to the people? Has the government-

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Some hon. MEMBERS:

Order.

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Walter Edward Foster (Speaker of the Senate)

Liberal

Mr. SPEAKER:

The hon. member has not the right to interject the name of his majesty into this debate. It is against the rules of the house.

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An hon. MEMBER:

And he knows it, too. Mr. WOODSWORTH: Mr. Speaker

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Walter Edward Foster (Speaker of the Senate)

Liberal

Mr. SPEAKER:

Under the rules of the house the hon. member has no right to invoke the name of his majesty to win a point in debate.

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James Shaver Woodsworth

Co-operative Commonwealth Federation (C.C.F.)

Mr. WOODSWORTH:

I am not using the name of his majesty. I am asking whether the government has the right to use a visit of anyone to this country for a disgraceful repudiation of parliament's responsibility to the people. I ask whether the government has the right to place anyone in authority-if you will not permit me to say the monarch- in an objectionable and equivocal position, which the use of the prerogative under existing conditions would mean. These questions are not asked by me, supposedly a radical. These questions were asked the other day in an editorial in the Montreal Gazette. It seems to me that these questions are worth putting to this house.

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Vincent Dupuis

Liberal

Mr. DUPUIS:

Who wrote it?

Mr. W'OODSWORTH: I do not know who wrote it. It is true, whoever wrote it; and other newspapers are calling attention to this phase of the subject. I do not think it is fair, Mr. Speaker, that because we criticize the irregular conduct of the business of the country, we should be declared in any sense disloyal to his majesty.

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An hon. MEMBER:

Who says that?

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William Daum Euler (Minister of Trade and Commerce)

Liberal

Mr. EULER:

Nobody says it.

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May 10, 1939