Mr. MACLEAN (Halifax) :
I am not in a position to give an intelligent answer to my hon. friend offhand, but if the spread is not so great in England I am glad to know it, and perhaps I shall satisfy the hon. member by expressing the hope that the spread will diminish gradually in this country.
Now, Mr. Speaker, I must hasten to a close, as my remarks have extended far beyond the length I had intended. Before I resume my seat, however, I just wish to refer briefly to the amendment before the House. The amendment moved by the hon. member for York (Sir Henry Drayton) suggests failure on the part of the Government to implement its pledges; and the Progressive amendment, which was ruled out of order, contained a suggestion of the very same nature, and also stated that the principle of protection as a basis for a fiscal policy is not in the best interests of the country. I have been unable to see any practical good or any useful public purpose
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to be served by the amendment of the member for York. He seeks to enact a new political decalogue by moving his amendment to the budget.
Now, Mr. Speaker, I was not at the Liberal convention of 1919, for very good reasons-
Subtopic: CONTINUATION OF THE DEBATE OP THE ANNUAL FINANCIAL STATEMENT OF THE MINISTER OF FINANCE