July 4, 1935 (17th Parliament, 6th Session)


William Lyon Mackenzie King (Leader of the Official Opposition)



My right hon. friend says, "So he did"; he is given to saying diametrically opposite things in the same speech, so that if the necessity arises he can point to whichever extreme may best serve the moment. However, I am quite prepared to acknowledge that in the concluding part of my right hon. friend's remark he did say that he obtained the views or he made notes from and tried to give effect to the views of members of the committee in the bill as finally drafted. Still further on he also said that the bill represented the unanimous views of the committee. All that I wish to stress at the moment -and I do it because I think it is due particularly to those hon. member's of the house who served on the committee;-is that the bill which has come back from the special committee to this house and has passed through committee this afternoon and this evening is a very different bill from that originally introduced. The bill as originally introduced would not have passed this house without prolonged controversy and discussion, if it would have 92582-271
passed at all. The bill which has passed through committee this day with so very little in the way of discussion has passed in virtue of the changes made by the committee in the original bill, changes which served to make it acceptable to this house, and which I believe will serve to make its provisions acceptable also to the country.

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