Mr. FERLAND (Translation):
There is very little demand for all the other products. The farmer can find practically no market for his commodities. In a word, everything seems on the verge of a collapse throughout the country.
Mr. Speaker, this measure which the government seeks to adopt transcends mere material things. There is a principle at stake. It seems to me the country must be rather puzzled that the Conservative members, particularly those from the province of Quebec, many of whom were educated in classical colleges, took university courses and entered the professions, and who, for that matter, acquired a thorough knowledge of our country's political history, know what our forefathers sacrificed to secure responsible government and are not unmindful of their struggles to win our constitutional liberties; it seems to me,
Unemployment Continuance Act
Canadians must find it strange to see these hon. members ready to surrender the rights of parliament and place the country in that particular situation that obtained more than a hundred years ago when it groaned under the rule of the " Family Compact." The country must consider it an extraordinary spectacle, the readiness on the part of these gentlemen to repudiate many centuries of stern struggles and show contempt for the finest pages written into our political history. I tell these hon. members they will have to give an accounting to the people who trusted them, and justify their betrayal. I may state-they will be as helpless to justify their change of front as they proved to be when trying to motivate in this chamber the measure they seek to adopt. This is a radical enactment and we are duty-bound to oppose it. It runs counter to our most cherished traditions, to the time-honoured interpretation of our laws and to the constitution the people gave themselves. I say the Liberal members have nobly done their duty in opposing energetically, with all their might, this dangerous law which creates a precedent other governments or other parties could invoke at some later date.
In closing, I also wish to register my protest against this measure which marks a tendency in a certain direction and is also altogether too radical. I want my electors to know that we remember the past, respect our traditions and meet the people's wishes. Finally, I want the whole country to know that the descendents of the Sons of Liberty do not quail before the successors of the notorious Family Compact.
Topic: UNEMPLOYMENT AND FARM RELIEF
Subtopic: CONTINUANCE ACT, 1932-CONSIDERATION OF RESOLUTION