Consideration of the motion of Mr. Kelly for an Address to His Excellency the Governor General in reply to his Speech at the opening of the session, and the proposed amendment thereto of Mr. Sutherland, resumed from Monday, March 17.
Hon. GEORGE P. GRAHAM (Minister of Railways and Canals): Mr. Speaker, I have been an interested and docile listener for two weeks, during which time I have learned a good deal, because no man can listen to any intelligent speech without getting some new angle on the questions that are being discussed. I have learned that it is hard to satisfy the opposition-in fact I learned that many years ago. In other years the government has been chided for its sins of omission in the Speech from the Throne, it has been chastised for the things that it has left undone; but this year it is being criticized for what it has done. In other years we were told that the Speech was too lean, that it was notable rather for what it did not contain; this year we are told it is too fat, that there is too much in it. It reminds me somewhat of the discussion over the British cattle embargo. Inspectors found some Stockers too fat, and they had to be slaughtered; the next day they found some that were too lean, and as it took too long to feed them they could not be accepted either. It strikes me that the Speech from the Throne contains a good deal of meat. While I am not going into it in detail, may I be permitted to say, it looks as if it had thrown some consternation into the ranks of the party led by my right hon. friend opposite (Mr. Meighen).