April 11, 1945 (19th Parliament, 6th Session)

LIB

William Lyon Mackenzie King (Prime Minister; Secretary of State for External Affairs; President of the Privy Council)

Liberal

Mr. MACKENZIE KING:

Just a moment; I will explain my point of view to my hon. friends. I was seeking to oblige not only all parties in this house but the parliament that will follow it. I was seeking to carry out what I believed to be the wish of the people of Canada, that we should devote as much time as possible to getting on with the business of the country. For that reason, as I say, n,o time was lost. Within two days following the adjournment of the house we had secured1 the agreement of the then sitting member for Grey North, Mr. Telford, who unfortunately had not been in good health, to resign, so as to permit the minister to run in that constituency, on the understanding that it would be simply for the purpose of coming into this house for the remainder of this parliament, to assist in its work. When that proposal was made public I am right when I say it was generally assumed that there would be no opposition. I was given
very strong grounds for believing that this would be the case. But I am .not going into the circumstances that occasioned the opposition. All I would say in regard to the election in Grey North is that if hon. gentlemen opposite believe, as they say, that the result of the bye-election signified that their policy of conscription for overseas service was endorsed by the electors of Grey North, unless my hon. friend the leader of the Cooperative Commonwealth Federation (Mr. Coldwell) is prepared to say that his policy was the same as theirs-

Topic:   BUSINESS OF THE HOUSE
Subtopic:   EXPEDITING THE WORK OF THE SESSION- SUGGESTED MORNING SITTINGS
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