March 14, 1930 (16th Parliament, 4th Session)

CON

Richard Bedford Bennett (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. BENNETT:

After these very happy observations which have been made by hon, gentlemen opposite who feel so keenly about the matter, may I direct the attention of the house to the fact that the vote was 119 to 109. The Conservative party did not at that time number in this house any such strength as 119; it was the great body of independent thought in this House of Commons which condemned the Prime Minister and the government, and not the Conservative party. Had the Conservative party had 119 votes in this house, it would have been in power from the early part of that year instead of in June. Had they elected 119 members to the House of Commons they would have been in power but it was the independent members, some of whom still sit to my left, the men and the woman who weighed that testimony and recorded their judgment as a judgment upon the government and the right hon. the Prime Minister and his associates. That was the judgment of parliament, to which the right hon. gentleman referred. It is true, as the Solicitor General (Mr. Cannon) said, that that government was defeated a few months later, but this vote shows that they were defeated by the active support of the forces-

Topic:   EXPORT ACT AMENDMENT
Subtopic:   REFUSAL OF RELEASES AND CLEARANCES TO COUNTIES WHERE IMPORTATION OF LIQUOR FORBIDDEN
Full View