Nor do I think that the Tories of Toronto should send up written speeches to be read in this chamber. We are sick and tired of this kind of thing. I say, if you want to say something get up and say it and don't be reading your speeches. The ruling was given a while ago that speeches should not be read, but the practice still goes on.
Most hon. members are in sympathy with the government. I appreciated the remarks of the hon. member for St. Paul's (Mr. Ross) in which he expressed sympathy for the Minister of Munitions and Supply. He suggested that the minister should be given time and opportunity to do his work. What time is left to him when he has to sit here day after day listening to speeches? Do you think, Mr. Chairman, that he is helped by the talk which we have had during the last three or four days? It is utter nonsense. I think too that some consideration should be given by the speakers to other hon. members who are busy men, men with their own work to do at home, men employed outside this house in many and various ways. Have we to sit here listening to all these foolish speeches at this critical time of war, when all of us are needed in our homes and in our own districts to carry on
with the work of this country? Are we to be held here day after day by such nonsensical speeches as we have been listening to?
I do not wish to criticize exclusively hon. members on the opposition side. There is a section of our own party of which we are heartily ashamed; I wish some of them were here so that I could not be accused of talking about them behind their backs. I admit that they are a nuisance; they are a fly in the ointment.
Topic: MUNITIONS AND SUPPLY