I see I have the consent of His Majesty's loyal opposition to address a few words to you, sir, in connection with
the budget, and I wish to thank hon. gentlemen opposite for the courtesy they have extended to me. While I was in the house for a few moments last night I noticed that hon. gentlemen opposite were much more anxious to conclude this debate than they are to-day, and, I am vain enough to believe that that is out of courtesy to me, so I will not impose upon them at any great length.
Last night when one of the members on this side rose to address the chamber I heard one of the younger members opposite, who perhaps was christened by his mother "colon" instead of "period," call out, "Bring on the election." There is one reason, Mr. Speaker, why I am glad the election is not going to be brought on with undue haste. In the Dominion of Canada there are about 650 persons born every day, and, in a year that amounts to something like 225,000 or 230,000 persons. If 200,000 of those attain their majority it means that almost that number of boys and girls, who are impatiently waiting for the day when they will be twenty-one years of age, would have been disfranchised if the leader of the opposition and his followers had been given their way in this matter. I believe I can trust the young people of Canada. About 750 or 800 of these young people, who would have been disfranchised if this government had been stampeded into going to the country, will be able to vote in my riding, and I am going to trust those young people. They are the people who will have to carry on when you old fellows, who are going down the western slope facing the setting sun, pass out; then it will be up to us younger people to carry on.
There is one other reason. I have listened to Liberal orators and spellbinders stating that the Liberal party was the party of the masses and the Conservative party the party of the classes.
Subtopic: CONTINUATION OF DEBATE ON THE ANNUAL FINANCIAL STATEMENT OF THE MINISTER OF FINANCE