No doubt my hon. friend hoped that the minister would withdraw his valuable voice from the political campaign. But if, in the exercise of his judgment as a citizen, my hon. colleague sees fit to absent himself, as other hon. members are doing, in the exercise of his rights as a citizen, that is no reason for attacking him in his absence. It is no reason why, if the hon. gentleman has anything to say Mr. OWEN.
against the minister, he should not wait until my hon. colleague is in his place. I can assure him that he will have difficulty in persuading the country that the Minister of Customs would make a statement before any public audience which was not made in good faith and could not be substantiated. He is too well known for any one who knows him to assume that he would do anything of the kind. I repeat that not a dollar of supply has been voted for the Customs or Post Office Departments.