He must be elected, of course. I presume if he is not elected in the constituency which has been set aside for him by Mr. Darke, he will keep on until he finds some place in which he can take shelter. Wc all know his views, because he came to Ontario during the last election and gave expression to them. He has the satisfaction of knowing that wherever he spoke a Conservative candidate was elected. He expressed the view that there should be a reduction in the tariff and a similar idea was given expression to by the Hon. Vincent Massey-a great friend of the Prime Minister-who, it is suggested, is also going to endeavour to obtain a seat in this House. There is fhus the element of uncertainty and there will be continued uncertainty until /this policy of protection is fully adopted by the House and steps are taken to put the tariff on a sound footing.
Then this portion of the Speech concludes:
A tariff advisory board will accordingly be appointed forthwith. This board will be expected to make a careful study of the customs tariff, the revenue to be derived therefrom and the effect of the tariff and allied factors on industry and agriculture.
That, if the expression is not unparliamentary, is simply passing the buck. The matter is to be referred to a commission and everything will consequently be postponed for another year, or possibly longer. I do not think it is the wish of the people that action upon this tariff question should be postponed;
The Address-Mr. Peck
I believe the people want the adjustment of the tariff to be taken up and dealt with immediately. I do not see any reason why a special tariff commission should be appointed. There are in this House members who are capable of serving on committees and making their own investigations, and I have very strong objection to the appointment of a commission by any party if that can possibly be avoided. Hon. members who are here representing the people are an intelligent set of men, and I am quite sure a committee could be selected from members on all sides of this House who would give this matter fair and impartial consideration and within a reasonable time recommend such changes in the tariff as would give effect to the wishes of the people.
In the Speech from the Throne there are many other matters with which I might deal, but I do not wish to do so now because I do not want to get away from the question of protection; for it is important that that matter should be considered in the interest of the people. I have therefore risen to-night to express in a general way my views in this regard and1 my hope that a matter of such importance to many people in this country will not 'be side-tracked even for measures of interest and value to the Progressive party.
Topic: GOVERNOR GENERAL'S SPEECH
Subtopic: ADDRESS IN REPLY