June 6, 1922 (14th Parliament, 1st Session)

LIB

William Stevens Fielding (Minister of Finance and Receiver General)

Liberal

Hon. W. S. FIELDING (Minister of Finance) :

Mr. Speaker, if I may be permitted to make a comment on what my hon. friend from Marquette (Mr. Crerar) says, I would remind him that, being the second largest group in the House it was his undoubted right to take the place of the official Opposition, if he had so desired. Of his own motion and for good reasons, satisfactory to himself and his friends, he elected not to take that position. There is an advantage under the British practice in occupying the position of the official Opposition. My hon. friend waived his right to that advantage, and I do not think he ought now to complain of the consequences of his action.

Topic:   THE BUDGET
Subtopic:   CONTINUATION OF THE DEBATE ON THE ANNUAL FINANCIAL STATEMENT OF THE MINISTER OF FINANCE
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