Mr. J. H. HARRIS (Danforth):
Mr. Speaker, after looking over the geography of Canada, and having something in the backs of our minds which made us think that those who came from Skeena were from a broad and strong part of the country, and would not lend themselves to anything which would not go down very well in the system of those of us who like to think we are strong men of the north, may I say that my conception of Skeena has not been raised very much this evening by the exhibition which I have witnessed, and to which I have listened within the last half hour.
When I think of a loquacious Irish schoolteacher of a decade ago who represented that great constituency in such a charming manner,
a man who never harmed anymne; then, when I think of the incumbent who immediately preceded the present one, a man who came to this country from Sweden, without a dollar to his name; when I think of his wholesomeness and of the private enterprise in which he took part; -when I think of the example he set to so many who have come to our shores, and how proud we were to know him; and when I think of how we on all sides of the house learned to love him. I must say that tonight I feel let down, after listening to the remarks of the present hon. member for Skeena (Mr. Archibald).
I hope, as he grows a little older, that perhaps he may mature a little. We all do. We do not like to, but we must admit that that maturing does take place. We hope that he will mature, and that he will take a viewpoint of Canada which is much broader than that narrow viewpoint which sets one group of our people against another. I belong to both groups, to the group who work for a living, and to the group who are honoured and privileged to have others working for them-and 1 have working for me several hundred-without strife. I love to know their families and their children, although they have become so numerous that it is not easy to keep track of them.
Yet we have a man rising in his place in (he house and referring to those people as stupid, frustrated little men. I do not hear quite so well now, Mr. Speaker; and when I thought I heard him say that, I thought he was referring to himself. WTe do not want little men-and I do not speak as to stature-* we do not want little men, men small of mind, in this country of ours. Whether they w'eigh 100 or 200 pounds, we want them to be big and broad men; because we have a big country, a broad country, and we are charged by Providence with the responsibility of developing this country for our children. The only ones who can develop it are men who will speak from their hearts and their minds, and will not read into the columns of Hansard theses which perhaps took weeks, or perhaps only a few moments to prepare. I wonder sometimes if those theses are the thoughts of the men who deliver them in the house, or are they the thoughts of others?
Until such time as young men in this honourable house, sir, have something to say which comes from within their own minds, which flows from their breadth of experience, from their reading, from their study, not from some essay handed to them by some outsider, or some outside organization telling them what to say I am wondering if this is really a parlia-
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ment. Is it a parliament, or is it a chamber in which the views of others from outside can be placed on the record?
We are in parliament and, according to my idea of things, we speak for our constituents, and for what they think. And if you cannot say what you think, then I doubt very much whether you have a right to be in this chamber.
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