May 16, 1923 (14th Parliament, 2nd Session)

LIB

Charles A. Stewart (Minister of Immigration and Colonization; Minister of Mines; Minister of the Interior; Superintendent-General of Indian Affairs)

Liberal

Hon. CHARLES STEWART (Argenteuil, Minister of the Interior):

Budget pronouncements, Mr. Speaker, are always important in the life of every parliament, and this budget has been no exception. Before proceeding to deal with the budget direct and the matters that I shall refer to briefly this afternoon in connection with it, I desire to say a word or two with respect to the minister (Mr. Fielding) whose duty it has been to prepare the budget and who has just brought down his seventeenth financial statement in the parliament of Canada. It has been my great, pleasure, and indeed my good fortune, to have been associated with this hon. gentleman for a period of over one year. It is scarcely necessary for me to say that the relationship has been most pleasant, that I have acquired a great deal of information that I did not formerly possess as to the management of the affairs of government, and that I have learned to respect the opinions of the hon. gentleman
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' The Budget-Mr. Stewart (Argenteuil)
whose duty it is to prepare annually a financial statement for the people of Canada. I hope he will continue to bring down our budgets for a very considerable number of years, and I am sure he will always retain the love and respect of all parties in this parliament.
The science of government, Mr. Speaker, is rather a difficult one. To the uninitiated it always appears to be easy. I have no desire to criticize my hon. friends opposite, indeed I have watched with a great deal of interest their efforts to solve our social and financial problems in both the federal and provincial fields. Undoubtedly in those provinces in which they have the responsibilities of government they are finding much more difficulty in their administration than they anticipated. Let me say that I for one would have no objection in the world to seeing my hon. friends of the Progressive party occupying the treasury benches for a term of four or five years in order that they might have an opportunity to put into practice some of the principles which they advocate so zealously in opposition.

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