Mr. McLEAN (Melfort):
I agree with the leader of the opposition that it ought to be put through in the best possible form, but I also say that during the time the bill has been before the house hon. members have had an opportunity to study it. In the past ten years thinking men in public life everywhere have been studying these problems, and they have had every opportunity to come to wise conclusions. There is no necessity of putting off this bill until another session.
The suggestion of the leader of the opposition reminds me very much of one made about a dozen years ago by a predecessor of his, at a time when we were discussing the old age pensions bill. He pointed out how strongly he approved of principal of the legislation, but added, "I appeal to my hon. friends opposite not to force this measure through at the present session, not to ask that we vote for it just now." Of course if we were to put off measures of that kind from year to year we would never get anywhere. I believe there 71492-289
has never been a time when the passage of a measui'e of this kind has been more necessary.