February 19, 1926 (15th Parliament, 1st Session)

PRO

Donald MacBeth Kennedy

Progressive

Mr. KENNEDY (Winnipeg):

I think the hon. member will have to wait and see. He will at least admit this: That when the
present leader of the Conservative party makes a promise to the Canadian public he will carry it out, and from all corners of this House I have been pleased to hear expressions to that effect. The right hon. leader of the Conservative party entered parliament in 1908. From that time to this the hour hand of time has made many revolutions, but to this moment the hour has not yet struck when a promise of the right hon. leader of this party given publicly has passed at a discount from its face value.
I say this government does not possess the confidence of this House or of the Canadian people, because it wants to adjourn. When it wants to adjourn, instead of going on with the public business, it offers no other substantial reason than that it is tired and wants to go home. This government, unable to legislate, is unable to meet its obligations. When a man in private business cannot meet his obligations there is only one thing left for him to do. The same thing applies to a government. A government which can no longer meet its obligations ought in common decency to meet its creditors.
The government has ceased to guide the ship of state in this country. That ship is not guided by a man at the helm; it has lost its rudder; it is drifting helplessly without a pilot. Faintly pefhaps to the ears of Mr. King but plainly to the ears of the people of Canada came the sound of breakers ahead. On October 29th last this government was

tried by the people of Canada; the judgment rendered was that they had no confidence in the administration and that it should be evicted. The days of grace within which the government should have vacated the treasury benches have expired, and at this hour the sheriff of public opinion, armed with a warrant of eviction, stands knocking at the door.

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