Mr. C. W. Hodgson (Victoria, Oni.):
Mr. Speaker, in taking part in this debate I wish to extend the usual congratulations to the mover (Mr. Brown) and the seconder (Mr. Demers) of the address in reply to the speech from the throne. I also wish to congratulate the new members who have entered the house for the first time at this session, and I want to congratulate them on their maiden speeches in the house. There have been one or two members, however, who have made speeches over the week end at home and at other places other than the House of Commons, on which I cannot offer them the same congratulations. The member for Ontario (Mr. Williams), as reported in the Globe and Mail of February 28, said in effect to a group of his own home town people that if labour was as delinquent as the members of the House of Commons the factories and plants would have to shut down. I do not think it behooves
any member of the House of Commons to speak of his colleagues in that manner. To me that represents typical socialist or communistic utterances and tactics. I suggest that probably some of the group to whom he was speaking swallowed it holus-bolus, hook, line and sinker, but all I should like to say to him is that those who live in glass houses should undress in the dark.
Since I read the article on Monday morning, February 28,1 have taken the opportunity to watch that member. I can assure you that I have checked and double-checked, and he has put in as few hours in the house as any other member of parliament. I do not want to be giving advice to anybody, because I have only been here since 1945 myself. I am sorry that he is not here now.
I should like to ramble a little and refer to a few remarks that have been made by some other members who have not been too long in the house. I should like to refer first to the hon. member for Halifax (Mr. Dickey). Speaking in the house he had this to say, as recorded at page 747 of Hansard:
-and it was the action of this government which made it possible to put the member for Cartier in the penitentiary.
He meant the former member; he acknowledged that afterwards. Then again on page 750 he said:
-that the government had taken action that made possible the sending to the penitentiary of the former member for Cartier, and received little support from the opposite side of the house in doing so.
The members on this side of the house do not happen to be the government.
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