March 15, 1921 (13th Parliament, 5th Session)


Arthur Meighen (Prime Minister; Secretary of State for External Affairs)



I am glad to have the approval of my hon. friend from Quebec;
I know that would appeal to his good judgment.
Now, one would really think that some innovation had been risked by the Government in launching upon a career of violation of law, and the hon. gentleman selected two or three years during which the late Liberal Government were in power to show that they had complied with the law, as opposed to this Government, which did not comply with it. In order to be fair in the presentation of the facts I am going to adduce, let me say that the Auditor General's Department held exactly the same relation to the government under preceding governments in Canada as it holds to-day. But the delay of which' my hon. friend now complains so bitterly and in language of rather amusing indignation was exceeded three times over under the government of which he himself was a member; and while it was exceeded the Estimates were gone on with in the House at the request of the government of which he was a member. I have not been able to find a single year -my search has necessarily been hasty, because I had no notice from my hon. friend that he intended to launch this attack- I have not been able to find a single year in which the Government of which he was a member did comply with the law. It may be that a year can be found, but I could not find any in going hastily through these figures furnished by the Finance Department. I will read them exactly as they are, and the House can judge for itself.

1906; volume 1 was brought down on the 4th of February, 1907.

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