February 8, 1923 (14th Parliament, 2nd Session)


Henry Lumley Drayton

Conservative (1867-1942)


He touched on the question of the railways and he was rather mournful about them; but one thing he said was: "We have a new board and they are all Grits." And he said: "If Grits cannot do the impossible, no one can." Of course, that is a difficult thing to do. The Prime Minister says: "These railways are going to be kept out of politics," and so as to keep them out of politics, so that there can never be any political discussion around the railway board, he sees to it that the directors are all Grits. Consequently, this puzzles me a little, but I am much more puzzled at what the Minister of Finance says. He says frankly: "The railways are in politics." If the idea be that the railways are to be in politics, had we not all better stop and do a little thinking? in the other board, they were not; there were Liberals and Conservatives on the other board.

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