April 16, 1914 (12th Parliament, 3rd Session)


Joseph Elijah Armstrong

Conservative (1867-1942)


I gracefully withdraw the remark. I regret that the rules of debate do not permit me to convey my idea in the only language I thought applicable to the case. I cannot understand by what process of reasoning any man will argue or can argue that a body of men who are appointed, not chosen, who are responsible to no one but to God and their own consciences, should have the right to veto legislation passed by the chosen representatives of a free people, who are responsible to the people. I regret that the restrictions of debate do not permit me to deal with this matter quite as lucidly as I would like. I want to make myself clear in this. The Senate of Canada, as is well known, is looked upon with levity throughout the length and breadth of the land. Wherever the name is spoken, it is apt to provoke a smile, and I am satisfied that the people of Canada, from ocean to ocean, year after year, are becoming more seized of the fact that some change must be made in the constitution of that body.

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