May 13, 1921 (13th Parliament, 5th Session)

UNION

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

Unionist

Mr. MEIGHEN:

They had to have
padding as well as substance so they said all these articles were to be free. Then there was to be a big reduction in the tariff all round. There was to be "reduction of the tariff whereby substantial reductions would be effected in the cost of wearing apparel and other articles of general consumption, other than luxuries, as well as on raw materials entering into the same." Then the British "preference was to be increased to 50 per cent. But here is the solemn affirmation with which the platform ends:
-"and the Liberal party hereby pledges itself to implement by legislation the provisions of this resolution when returned to power."
Pledges itself to implement that resolution when returned to power. Well, why do they not stand by it in between? Where has it gone? Why has it not been moved this session? Why was it not moved last session? Why was it not moved the session before? Why have they each session patched up something new? Now, if I do not get an answer to anything else, may I get an answer to that before this debate is over?

Topic:   THE BUDGET
Subtopic:   DEBATE CONTINUED ON THE ANNUAL STATEMENT PRESENTED BY THE MINISTER OP FINANCE.
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