Mr. W. G. McQUARRIE (New Westminster) :
Mr. Deputy Speaker, may I take
this opportunity of congratulating you upon your appointment to the honourable office which you now hold. I quite appreciate the fact that you have always been an ardent
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supporter of this government, but at the same time I am sure that with your parliamentary experience you will live up to the high traditions of the office.
This budget reminds me of a story which I heard at a Kiwanis luncheon, when I was in my home town during the Easter recess. The story told, by a gentleman from the other side of the line, related to a coloured man named Mose residing in one of the western states. Mose worked on a farm near a small town, where he was considered something of a character. He was remarkable more than anything else for a team which he used. He drove into town on all occasions when there was a celebration and people were struck with this team, which consisted of a steer and a mule. Mose was very proud of the team and he took in good part all the fun which people were in the habit of poking at his outfit. On one occasion a spectator walked up to Mose and asked him how he came to hit upon such an unusual combination. Mose replied: "This am no unusual combination;
this am the best team in the world. ThLf team will go where no other team will go. You see, it's this way: that old steer am stone blind and he can't see where he's going; and that mule-well he don't give a darn." It seems to me that the team of this story typifies very well the leader of the Progressive party (Mr. Forke) and the Prime Minister (Mr. Mackenzie King). Metaphorically speaking, the leader of the Progressive party is blind; he cannot see where he is being driven. He does not appreciate the fact that by the course he is taking he is doing an injury to Canada while at the same time he is being driven out of public life. And the Prime Minister does not "give a dam" so long as he can remain in office.
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