Mr. H. C. HOCKEN (Toronto West Centre):
I would like to direct a question to the Minister of Customs (Mr. Boivin) and in doing so to read an extract from a magazine called The American Mercury, published in Boston and edited by H. L. Mencken. In an editorial of the issue for June the following reflection will be found:
The average Englishman is a dull fellow and seldom shows any enterprise, but he knows how to follow leaders who have what he lacks, and he did it to immense effect for many centuries. But to-day, it must be obvious, there are few leaders for him to follow, and most of the few are pathetically fourth rate. It would be a sheer impossibility to imagine Palmerston or Disraeli swindled and made a spectacle of as Austen Chamberlain was at Geneva. It would be equally impossible to imagine the England of the great days following such dubs as Baldwin, Asquith and Winston Churchill-half of them fanatics and the other half rogues. The one English statesman who has shown any genuine skill at his trade for a generation past is Lloyd George, a petty attorney from a Welsh country town-the sort of fellow who, a century ago, would have served his country by sitting to Dickens or Thackeray, not by bossing the state. Nor has luck run with the Motherland on the next 'higher level. The amiable George V is so plainly a blob that alluding to the fact becomes a sort of cruelty, and his heir, searching the empire for a horse that won't throw him, becomes simply a comic character, even to the English. More and more they miss the waspish but hard-headed Victoria, and on blue days they miss dear Albert too.
I would ask the Minister of Customs (Mr. Boivin) if that kind of magazine is to be allowed to enter the Dominion of Canada.
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