I suggest that there should also be something in the way of a time limit.
I am well aware of the anxiety of the minister to do his best, but I am aware also
that the people of Ontario are heartily sick of this business. I do not agiee with those
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who have said that drinking was worse during prohibition. I spend a good deal of my time among the rougher element, and I have seen more drunks recently than I did in prohibition days. One hon. gentleman suggested that something should be done, but ended up by saying that nothing should be done. We have reached the stage now where action should be taken. We have come to the pass where there should be some curtailment in time, and the matter should be talked over with the provincial governments. Surely we do not think that the ladies' beer parlours are something that we should be proud of. How would any hon. member like to see his daughter or sister coming out of a ladies' beer parlour, swinging along? Spend some of your time there some time, as I do occasionally. I often drop in on my way home from this house, and I see entertaining times there. I read character in faces, and while there are some Scotch among them, they are not all Scotch. Beer has a more degrading element in it than real whisky. If you want to know that, consider the different races that swing to beer and those that swing to whisky.
Topic: WAYS AND MEANS EXCISE ACT, 1934