Oh yes. I think that might to some extent be regarded as a compliment although, of course, it was done in a very critical manner. I might find some data in that which might come in handy to me on some future occasion.
I do not propose to speak any longer. We have had a long day. I have moved an amendment. The amendment wipes out a part which I think should never have been included in the motion. I am quite sure the Leader of the Opposition and those with whom he conferred must have had their tongues in their cheeks, because they knew perfectly well that we could not support an amendment of that sort calling for the restoration of a Liberal government in the circumstances under which they resigned last June and the situation which resulted in a general election.
I want to say this to my friends opposite: do not imagine for one moment that I am expressing any confidence in the Conservative party. I am going to say this very seriously: never in my experience have I seen a group of men assume office with a very clear promise and responsibility in at least one important particular and then go back so completely on that promise. I refer to the trans-Canada pipe line debate.
They were going to get rid of these buccaneers; they were going to end this nefarious deal. The Prime Minister went round the country talking about black Friday. Some of us who participated in that scene will never forget it. But they seem to have forgotten about it, and tried to shelve the whole thing by referring it to a royal commission. I am not going to talk about the personnel of that royal commission. I have never tried to attack the personal character of any man on that commission, and I would not do so because I think they are all estimable citizens, but I cannot yet see how a gentleman who controls and operates one of the greatest privately owned public utilities in the world can give an entirely unbiased view on whether or not the trans-Canada pipe line should be publicly or privately owned. Nor can I see how a gentleman with great private interests in a foreign country-foreign-con-trolled organizations in that country-can give an unqualified verdict in support of the elimination of foreign control over some utilities in our country. As I said over the radio, and I say it again in this house, I regard this as a betrayal of trust.
Topic: AMENDMENT CALLING FOR RESIGNATION OF GOVERNMENT