February 28, 1939 (18th Parliament, 4th Session)

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Daniel Duncan McKenzie

Mr. McICENZIE (Lambton-Kent):

Nothing was said as to who is responsible for that. I think the hon. member himself must take some responsibility for it. He knows that the government summons parliament, but the opposition says when it shall be prorogued. I am not going to debate this matter very long because I think we have talked it out. The treaty is in operation and we cannot change it. Why prolong this debate any further? If freedom of speech is one of the bulwarks of democracy, let us not play it to death in this House of Commons. I think we shall have to change our tactics if this House of Commons is to continue under our present constitution. I am quite convinced, and I am sure that other hon. members are likewise convinced, that at least half the business of the country could have been done by this time if we had not wanted to make political speeches in this House of Commons.
I am not going to be a sinner in that respect myself. We cannot change the trade pacts, so why debate the subject any longer? That is the attitude I take.

Topic:   TRADE AGREEMENTS
Subtopic:   CANADA-UNITED STATES'-CONTINUATION OP DEBATE ON MOTION FOR APPROVAL SUBJECT TO REQUIRED LEGISLATION
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