June 14, 1935 (17th Parliament, 6th Session)

CON

Richard Bedford Bennett (Prime Minister; President of the Privy Council; Secretary of State for External Affairs)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. BENNETT:

I am glad to know in
this instance I am not. The speeches that proceeded upon this measure were based upon a clear statement of an intention to support the legislation: "I will vote for this legislation"; "I am opposed to this legislation, but I think there are more votes in it for me if I vote for it than if I vote against it, so I will hearken to the views of my constituents and say that I am in support of it." That is the position that has been taken in this house. Again, it is very interesting to observe the discipline with which hon. gentlemen who are not well informed accept the brief that is tendered to them and then make a speech in the House of Commons. The leading member who spoke for the opposition is a distinguished lawyer; he did not desire to make that speech; he has made his statements and they are well known, but he was told to speak, so he took the brief and made the statement. From whom did he get his facts that he referred to with their "ifs"? Who supplied them to him? Who gave him his brief and what does it represent on the back of it? That is the question.

Topic:   CANADIAN GRAIN BOARD
Subtopic:   PURCHASE, STORAGE AND MARKETING OF WHEAT AND OTHER GRAINS
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