November 21, 1940 (19th Parliament, 2nd Session)

LIB

Louis-Philippe Picard

Liberal

Mr. PICARD:

No; I believe the old man was wise in his comment that the absence of constructive criticism in the speech of the leader of the opposition indicates that the country has not made a mistake in electing the present Prime Minister.
Some few days ago the hon. member for Souris (Mr. Ross) said that the war was being waged as a Liberal war, and that patronage was rampant, I am convinced that the war is not a Liberal war. Rather it is a Canadian war, and the people of Canada have so decided. They made their decision at an election which took place after, not before, the war began. Had the election been held before the war, and had the government appealed to the people on something other than the war issue, the allegation of the hon. member for Souris might have had some weight. The truth is, however, that when the government went to the country the war had been in progress for six months, and the people of Canada were given the opportunity to choose between the Liberal party and the best brains Mr. Manion could offer. They have chosen the best brains-but not those of Mr. Manion. They have chosen a Liberal government, a government which is showing now that it has the best brains available to carry on a war and at the same time to maintain unity within the country. The only ones who seem to object are those who make up that remnant of the Conservative party in this house, members who are all dignified and most charming to meet. There are also some members of the ultra-imperialistic press, like the Montreal Gazette, and a few others.

Topic:   GOVERNOR GENERAL'S SPEECH
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