February 5, 1942 (19th Parliament, 3rd Session)

LIB

John Gordon Ross

Liberal

Mr. ROSS (Moose Jaw):

And now, spotlight, camera, action!-little Arthur himself the new leader, the white hope of the party' Oh, I am not going to be unfair to the right hon. gentleman. I shall not go back to 1914 and give R.B.'s reference to him-that is, R. B. Bennett-as the gramophone of the Mackenzie and Mann interests. I shall not bring up the speech-the "Ready, aye, ready" speech of 1922, or the semi-ready speech of Hamilton, in 1925. I shall not embarrass the opposition by reading the bitter denunciation of Meighen by the Hon. G. Howard Ferguson, the former Conservative Premier of Ontario at the Winnipeg convention in 1927 when, for the only time in history, the Right Hon. Arthur Meighen stood before a great convention of Conservatives of Canada, and they discarded him as a leader-and those same Conservatives have never asked him to come back.
Even less will I go over the sordid tale of the Ontario power service corporation bonds, so ably set out by Mitchell Hepburn in 1934 and 1936, and referred to in this house the other day by the hon. member for Leeds (Mr. Fulford). No; I will be kind to Mr. Meighen, and refer only to his record within the past few days, when he was reported on January 27 as having said, "If we have to conscript wealth to win the war. we will. But people of common sense do not advocate that until the last gasp."

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