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


Arthur Meighen (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Conservative (1867-1942)


Hon. gentlemen are
a little slow in laughing because I expect they were thinking of some startling legislation introduced by them that is now ir committee of this House. But here we are in the place where if there is to be any co-operative action at all as between provincial legislatures and this House, this House can act by Order in Council and in no other way whatever. There is no other way in Which it can act; there is no opportunity to act otherwise. This is the only way it can be done. I therefore suggest that we decide upon the establishment of a board with the powers we are able to give it-we cannot do any more than that-and that if any province decides to give it more, then it be within the power of the Government of this country to review that additional power to ascertain if it will work in consonance with the whole grain handling system of this country, to inquire if it has been adopted by sufficient provinces to enable the board to operate to see that it is such that it does not impose undue responsibility federally; and, if in the wisdom of the Government it is a power that can properly be exercised, this government can empower
the board to exercise that power so provincially conferred.
When I have said that, let me impress this as well. What I propose is going the full length that this Parliament by any means whatever can go to meet the wishes of western Canada in regard to this Wheat Board. There is no step in the world that . we can take beyond that. There is nothing we can do beyond that.

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