Hon. R. B. HANSON (Leader of the Opposition):
There is I think a disposition on the part of everyone in this house to expedite the passage of these bills, in order that we may finish the other business of the session. I am not going to make a speech on any one of them, least of all on this one. But since the Prime Minister (Mr. Mackenzie King) is in his seat, and this is the bill which deals with the question of the increase in the excise duties on liquors, and having regard to the debate which has taken place in this house on at least two occasions with respect to the question of the consumption of liquor in Canada, I desire to ask the Prime Minister if he and the administration have given any consideration, other than that indicated by the Minister of Finance, to this great national problem in war time?