Would the hon. member permit a question? I have spoken on the subject, but I can ask a question. I may say that I feel the questions that have already been asked show the interest there has been in the excellent speech the Leader of the Opposition has delivered. One of the functions of the Senate, as he saw it
and I think he emphasized it as the most important-was the protection of the rights of the provinces. I want to ask him if this protection is exercised in any other way except by such power of veto or amendment as the Senate has over Commons legislation? I ask this question in view of the statement by the hon. member for Vancouver East (Mr. Winch) that practically no amendment or veto power had been exercised by the Senate over the last 15 years.