April 21, 1944 (19th Parliament, 5th Session)

IND

Alan Webster Neill

Independent

Mr. A. W. NEILL (Comox-Alberni):

I wonder if I might be allowed to speak a sentence, or at any rate not more than two, in connection with the remarks made by the hon. member for Fraser Valley (Mr. Cruick-shank) and later by the leader of the opposition (Mr. Graydon) on the new rules governing the cafeteria and1 the restaurant. Of course, I must endorse the remark made by the leader of the opposition that the Clerk is in no way responsible. He merely sent out the notice. The committee is responsible. The leader of the opposition is the leader of a party and perhaps he spoke with due care and consideration having regard to the fact that he is a leader. I am not the leader of any party; I am responsible only to my constituents, and I am prepared to take a chance with them.
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After twenty-eight years of experience in public life I consider the rules suggested here the most colossal piece of snobbery I have ever seen in .print. If the house allows them to go without being changed I shall be ashamed to be connected with a body that has produced this kind of class legislation, which I thought had gone out of fashion fifty years ago. The day before I was first nominated in 1898 to run as a member I was working in a gravel pit shovelling gravel, and none of my constituents thought any the worse of me, nor was I ashamed. Yet apparently we as members of parliament are to be treated as being superior to the people who sent us here.

Topic:   PARLIAMENTARY RESTAURANT
Subtopic:   PRIVILEGE-RESOLUTION ADOPTED AT MEETING OP JOINT COMMITTEE ON MARCH 21
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