January 27, 1939 (18th Parliament, 4th Session)


Karl Kenneth Homuth

Conservative (1867-1942)


If we will forget this interprovincial disunity and the hostility of provincial governments to the federal government ; if we forget our political bickerings and get together and deal with this matter from the standpoint that there is no east and no west in Canada, no Quebec, no Ontario, but just one nation, willing to give and take, if need be to give more and take less-if we do that there is no reason why we cannot cure many of the ills that afflict us to-day without interfering with the sacredness of provincial rights. These things can be done. All we need is some lead from this government, who promised in 1935 that they would do it. Every hon. member of this house and I believe every provincial government in Canada would do its utmost to bring that about. Instead of that we have quarrelling, quarrelling, quarrelling; charges of conspiracy, and so on. I take some pride in the fact that the by-election in Waterloo South had

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something to do with bringing this condition into the open, because it is just as well for the people of Canada to know something of what is going on behind the scenes. The Minister of Agriculture (Mr. Gardiner) did not have to go to Toronto to see Mr. Hepburn in order to find out why the Liberals lost the election in Waterloo South. They lost it because of the three years of do-nothing policy of this government, and fear of their trade treaties. Is it strange that when we think of this break between the Prime Minister of Canada and the various provincial premiers, particularly Mr. Hepburn, we wonder if there is the solidarity in the dominion cabinet that hon. gentlemen opposite would like us to believe exists? In fact if the editorial suggestion of the Montreal Standard of Saturday last is true, they had a very interesting caucus a week or so ago. And the two peacemakers who went to the Bannockburn farm and tried to bring peace and harmony in the party apparently were thoroughly chastised for their efforts.
In the campaign in Waterloo South we had three cabinet ministers taking part, the Minister of Trade and Commerce (Mr. Euler), the Minister of Justice (Mr. Lapointe) and the Minister of Transport (Mr. Howe). Whom did they come to speak for? Naturally for the Liberal candidate. But I do say they did me a lot of good. What was the Liberal candidate's attitude so far as the Prime Minister of Canada is concerned? Let me read what he said in his nomination speech. And. mark you, this gentleman made this the one great point throughout his campaign.

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