My hon. friend from Brantford, in the course of the discussion this evening, talked about the thundering cannon. I may not be the thundering Cannon, but I would just as soon 'be what I am as a screeching plough. And when the hon. gentleman says that he is entitled to speak before this committee because he is the one who pays the taxes, I answer that he does not pay the taxes of this country. If he paid the taxes of this country as he should pay them, the Budget and the Estimates brought down by this Government would be very different. The Budget would not have been prepared and dictated by the manufacturers but by the common people of this country. The time has come, Mr. Chairman, for both the Government and the Opposition to fight in the open, and I will not permit any member of this House, whether he represents Brantford or any other constituency, whether he be- a millionaire like the hon. member for Brantford or a poor man like myself, to suggest to this committee, composed of intelligent men, on this side of the House at least, that because he pays taxes we have no taxes to pay. We know very well that gentlemen on the other side of the House do their very best not to pay the taxes, at least those who belong to the class my hon. friend from Brantford belongs to. I want to have a fair and square fight, and I will not stand for any argument of the kind brought forward by my hon. friend from Brantford.
I say that on the minister's own admission, he only needs for drill halls this year $950,000, not a cent more. We have had enough waste and enough money squandered in Canada. It is time to stop. Money was wasted by hon. gentlemen opposite. Money was squandered by their friends-
It is useless to explain; you would not understand. When money was to be wasted or squandered the Whip on the other side of the House did not need to crack his whip for the docile troop of Government supporters would come in and vote the money. These gentlemen may have a majority in Parliament, but they have no following in the country. We have been told that this Government would come out with a programme. Where is their programme? It was to be elaborated at a caucus. When will the caucus be held? Some papers say Monday, others Tuesday, some say this week, others next week. These are the gentlemen who are running Canada. They talk about how great and big this country will become, and they have not even a programme. I heard some one bellow. Will he please speak like a human being.
Who is going to get that $600,000 Friends of the Government-if there are any left? Are we going to give it to newspaper men to write articles in the United States to tell us what a great man the President of the Privy Council (Mr. Rowell) is. Are we going to vote $600,000 more than is required by the Government for drill halls, so that we can have it drilled into our minds that the President of the Privy Council is a great man? During the war, follies were committed. This Government would come before the House and say: "We need so much money and it will be used to save the British Empire." The money was always voted. But now the war is over, and these gentlemen will get exactly w7hat they need and not a cent more. I do not think the minister takes a reasonable stand before this committee when he admits that he only needs $950,000 and yet asks Parliament to vote'him $1,500,000. The amendment moved by the leader of the
Opposition should have been adopted and the main motion thrown out.
Item agreed to on division.
On the motion of Rt. Hon. Mr. Doherty the House adjourned at 12:18 a.m. Thursday.