Mr. Speaker, there is this resolution before the house; and the conduct of many hon. members this afternoon is a perfectly clear and vivid demonstration of the fact that unless there are some members supporting the government who are prepared to vote according to their opinions, and not according to what they are told in the study groups, there can only be a remedy to this situation by the use of this chamber as a forum through which hon. members on this side of the house can speak to the people of Canada about the danger in which our parliamentary system now lies.
This government did suppress the facts last year. What resulted is important only from the point of view of arithmetic, because it is past. But what is important is the fact that any government would hide the truth without apology to parliament or to the people, and still suggest that they kept nothing from the people of Canada. This government not only hid the combines report, this government hid the facts upon which the people could have formed an opinion. This government now seeks to hide the facts; this government is not prepared to open up some of the departments to the examination that would place before parliament and the people of Canada information which is in its possession, and which we have the right to know, to examine and to discuss, and upon that discussion to decide.
This motion is clearly a statement of principles that are in issue, and I still hope- perhaps it is a forlorn hope-that in addition to those who have indicated their support of this motion there will be others on the government side who will follow the honoured tradition and show-
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