May 20, 1963 (26th Parliament, 1st Session)

SC

Robert Norman Thompson

Social Credit

Mr. Thompson:

This is not true. The real cause of the failure of the twenty fifth parliament was indecision and the lack of leadership given to that house of minorities by the government. I am not making these remarks to dig up the past, but what happened ought to be a lesson for the future to the present government. If the former government had laid a positive program before the house, if it had organized the business of the house so that we had a timetable and knew what we were expected to do, if it had arranged the business so that we could have had a budget, if it had simply clarified a defence policy that we could understand, then we would never have had the crisis that led to the failure of the last parliament. I would say that no one, the official opposition or any other minor party, could have ever stopped a positive program if that program had been put on wheels and got rolling.
This is the responsibility of the present government and this is what the people of Canada expect from the present government. The
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twenty fifth parliament fell simply because it did not live up to the responsibilities it had to the people who elected it, because we in this house did not live up to those responsibilities.

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