If you burst one wheel of a buggy, your whole machine is gone. I do not think anything is to be gained by my standing here answering questions that are being put to me by my hon. friends across the floor. As I have stated, the possibility at least exists that we shall go back to the country. When we go back to the country, we will have a right to say that the Liberal party had an opportunity of implementing their pledges, and they had not
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done so. Consequently, we stand upon good ground, as we stood upon good ground when we campaigned last fall and told the people that we did not believe that until a purification had taken place in the Liberal party they need ever expect to have their platform implemented by legislation. We have waited long, patiently and earnestly; we have given an opportunity to the great Liberal party of Canada ever since 1896 to implement pledges made in 1891 and 1893. We have waited and waited and waited almost in vain. Grey hairs are now over my head. When I was a boy going to school I believed in those promises; I believed in the Liberal party. My father told me that they would implement those pledges. I am as old a man to-day as my father was in those days, and those pledges are not implemented yet. I will tell my boys that the Liberal party will never implement their pledges. That is all I wish to say concerning the matter to-night. Without expressly stating how I am going to vote, I think indirectly I have stated that.
Subtopic: CONTINUATION OF THE DEBATE ON THE ANNUAL FINANCIAL STATEMENT OF THE MINISTER OF FINANCE