Mr. VERVILLE (Translation):
I shall not be so unfair towards our opponents as to doubt of their sincerity. It may perhaps be that they were sincere and are still so. It may be that they have faith in their policy. It has happened that doctors have killed
their patients while endeavouring to cure them. I shall even concede that they are in earnest. They simply made the mistake of advocating a poor policy and of trying to persuade the people that it was the right one.
They imagined that by giving protection to large industries the interests of all would be safeguarded. It is simply a deception, a dream, almost folly, however, one must admit, sir, that many, unfortunately, felt the effects of this disease, especially among those who sit on the opposite benches.
At all events, the leader of the government seems to have realized the failure of his policy, and this is to his credit. Today, he wishes to accomplish something which may induce the public to forget his past errors. He has felt the need of rehabilitating himself in public opinion and wishes to prove that he is really the man, the super-man, sent by Providence, as a number of his followers delight in stating. Hence the conference of August last. He has found in it a cure-all but, especially, a cure for the ills of his party which is in such a bad way.
He has .such faith in this panacea to remedy all ills, that he has instructed his faithful followers to broadcast it all over the world.
It has been put on the market in Ontario, but as we are aware, lately, the people refused to subscribe to this fake remedy.
We were favoured, in. Quebec, immediately following the Imperial Conference, with the visit of the hon. Postmaster General to the Lakei St. John district, the marvellous spectacle of a man who, notwithstanding his title of Minister of Dismissals, in the present government, travels to the remotest part of the largest province in the dominion, in order to sing to those people the broadcasted song of Madam Bolduc "Gentlemen be of good cheer, the event is not yet at hand, but it is coming."
The same circus where there was to be seen more trumping up than elephants, if I am allowed to say so, the same troop proceeded to the county of Dorchester, adjacent to my own, and finally to the idland of Orleans, a countryside of enchanted legends, further enriched by another one; that of Mr. Bennett's Imperial Economic Conference, revised edition by my hon. friend, the member for Que-bec-Montmorency (Mr. Dorion). Note well, sir, that this theatrical tour took place long before the terms of the agreements entered into at Ottawa, were made public. Thus they praised the results of the Imperial Conference before ever knowing what they were, probably because the master had said to proclaim that they would be wonderful. 1 have all the respect due to the Prime Minister of my
country; I have a great admiration for the leader of this government, I even acknowledge that he is doing his best to emerge from the pit in which he has fallen because of his foolish theories of exaggerated protection. I even believe that he is in earnest and 1 sympathize with him over the great distress in which his dangerous economic policy has plunged the country; however, I trust that neither my constituents nor the people of Canada will ever forgive him for having tried the game of " bluff " with their interests at stake, being careful to mark the cards in order to promote the political interests of his friends and his own.
We were charged in this house with having resorted to all possible means in order to prevent the success of this conference, it was contended that the apposition, envying the anticipated success of the government's policy, had broadcasted from the tops of roofs and in every possible time that the conference would be a failure.
Together, sir, with a number of my hon. friends on the opposition benches, I state that this charge is entirely unfounded, the same may be said of the charge of disloyalty which was also levied at us and which should never have been resorted to in the house by members on the apposite side. We are not envious of the success won by the government, first, because there is no such success, neither as a result of its policy nor as that of the last Imperial Conference, and if they had obtained any, as good citizens, we would have rejoiced because such results would have been beneficial to the people anid to their interest. As did many of my friends, I abstained commenting beforehand on the results of the Imperial Conference, preferring to wait and find out what they were before approving or criticizing them and advising also my constituents to have faith.
This blame attached to the opposition, rebounds on the members of the party in power, because they travelled through the country boasting of results before they were ever made public. This is, they stated, the remedy which we bring; this is what the government wishes us to do; we repeat it to you so that everybody may know; we are aware that it will surpass all expectations.
Subtopic: IMPERIAL ECONOMIC CONFERENCE