In my judgment, the present measure negatives the sincerity of every effort that has been made by the Prime Minister in the weeks >and months gone by for the formation of a National Government in this country, because the right hon. gentleman knows that he cannot secure representative men from western Canada at all events to enter his Government and pass such a measure as this and put it on the statute books. It is true he may secure the support of certain members on this side of the House, but they are very few, and I want to say further, that if they are so secured, those men no longer represent Liberalism in this House or in the country, because they not only have voted with the Government on the Military Service Bill, but they have voted with the Government to force through Parliament by closure every autocratic measure they could devise. I say these men have ceased to be representatives of Liberalism in this House or in this country, and a Government that in-f eluded them would in no sense be representative of the great Liberal party throughout Canada. To my mind the effect of this measure has negatived the sincerity of the efforts of the Prime Minister to secure what he calls union or national government. The first blow he gave to that movement was when he sent Sir Clifford Sifton West to mobilize the sentiment of western Canada in favour of the proposition of a national government. I am told that that hon. gentleman had even portfolios in his pocket which he was prepared and authorized to submit to certain western leaders if they
could be secured for the formation of a national government.
Topic: WAR-TIME ELECTIONS ACT.
Subtopic: MOTION FOR THIRD READING DISCUSSED UNDER RUDE 17B.