Mr. SUTHERLAND (South Oxford):
With your permission, Mr. Speaker, I beg to withdraw the references in question. I presume however that the statements made by the hon. member for Winnipeg North Centre (Mr. Woodsworth) a few days ago, as reported in Hansard, will stand. Now I wish to refer to something said in this House on July 16, 1924, when the question of building the Hudson Bay railway was before parliament, on a motion of the then member for Prince Albert, Mr. Knox. The Minister of Railways at that time said:
I (think every member will agree with me that parliament, as now constituted, is not prepared to vote money for the completion of the Hudson Bay railway.
"As now constituted": in my opening remarks I pointed out the political complexion of the last parliament in contrast with the constitution of the present House. Now I wonder why this change has come over the government since they have been reduced to a minority in parliament. Evidently they are
prepared, so long as they can get a majority in this House, to vote money to-day for purposes for which they would not have voted it when they had a clear majority themselves in parliament. Hon. members will have to draw their own inference from the facts.
A few days ago I made reference to a newspaper-a Canadian Press despatch-according to which certain members of this House had stated that they would give their support to the government provided the government would pass legislation in the interests of the west. I have always understood that representatives of the people in parliament were supposed to represent not only their individual constituencies but the whole Dominion; I have never been of the opinion that a few members had the right to come to parliament exclusively for the purpose of having some particular measure passed for the advantage of their own part of the country.
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