Mr. M. J. MALONEY (South Renfrew):
Mr. Speaker, I am glad indeed of this opportunity to say a word of very hearty congratulation to my hon. friend the Minister of Finance (M!r. Robb) for the excellent manner in which he presented his budget speech of some three weeks ago. Delivered with all the urbanity which is so characteristic of the hon. minister, his speech was marked by brevity and clarity to an extent that made it indeed a treat to hear. To listen to such a clear and concise presentation was indeed a treat to me, and one which I shall long remember. Those of us who have not been in this House before, but who have followed, from without, public doings and parliamentary procedure, will remember well the budget speeches of former days which occupied, not less than an hour, as did the present one, but often two, three, four or even five hours. The present distinguished Minister of Finance has set an example to the members of this House, an example which in the interest of
time and the despatch of public business should be scrupulously followed. I have always felt that apart from the leaders of the parties, the ministers, and those directly interested in some particular matter of importance, the speeches of individual members should be curtailed, for the result would be a contraction of the altogether too prolonged sessions of this House of Commons.
On motion of Mr. Maloney the debate was adj ourned.
On motion of Mr. Motherwell the House adjourned at 10.28 p.m.
Monday, May 10, 1926
Topic: THE BUDGET
Subtopic: CONTINUATION OF DEBATE ON THE ANNUAL FINANCIAL STATEMENT OF THE MINISTER OF FINANCE