June 3, 1921 (13th Parliament, 5th Session)


Robert James Manion



I know that my hon.
friends on the other side will not accuse me of taking a narrow view upon a question of this kind. The Prime Minister has stated that this matter will be given thorough consideration and dealt with at the next session of Parliament. We are in the dying hours, we hope, of this session, and in view of the fact that, as I believe, no serious complaint has been made with regard to the carrying out of the spirit of the amendment in the past, I appeal to my hon. friend from Nicolet and my hon. friend from Dorchester-two hon. gentlemen for whom I have personally a very sincere respect-to withdraw this amendment, not only upon these grounds, but upon the ground of harmony and good feeling throughout this country. The hon. member for Dorchester spoke of hon. members on this side being broadminded. One of the things which struck me when
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I came to this House a few years ago was the fact that the very largest proportion,
I might almost say at least 95 per cent of hon. gentlemen with whom I am associated on this side of the House, have always shown to me and, to my knowledge, not only in my presence but elsewhere, the most broad-minded spirits in dealing with religious and national questions. I say that to-night without any fear of contradiction from anybody who has associated with hon. gentlemen on this side. I appeal to hon. gentlemen opposite to show the same tolerant spirit which they sometimes ask for, and to withdrawn this question and allow it to be settled, as suggested by the Prime Minister, at the next session of Parliament.

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