February 24, 1927

LIB

Charles Avery Dunning (Minister of Railways and Canals)

Liberal

Mr. DUNNING:

That is not the declared policy of the government.

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Edward Joseph Garland

United Farmers of Alberta

Mr. GARLAND (Bow River):

That is the inference to be drawn from the hon. member's last remarks.

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LIB

Charles Avery Dunning (Minister of Railways and Canals)

Liberal

Mr. DUNNING:

I have allowed my hon. friend to make at least six speeches and I think he has had enough opportunities. At the present time, having regard to the facts I have stated in respect to the period through which we have passed, we do not intend, as the Minister of Finance has indicated, to bring down any tariff changes this session and we have none to propose. If my hon. friend i3 here in the future, I am quite sure he will find some other ground on which to criticize us even if this vanishes, because the kind of political appeal my hon. friends in that corner always make is the kind of political appeal my hon. friend has made to-night. He says: We are the only honest men; everybody else is actuated by motives of selfinterest, by inference is the servant of some big interest.! That is the only kind of political argument my hon. friends in the far corner present to the electorate. True, they do think about matters of economics as the rest of us do. We could debate these matters like gentlemen, but it is pretty difficult to debate like a gentleman with men who consistently take the ground that your motives for differing with them are unworthy motives and objects of suspicion. It was because of that whole note running through the address of my hon. friend-and a splendid address it was otherwise-which caused me to rise to-night. I had no intention of doing so; in fact, as the House can see, my address was not properly prepared because I intended not to speak until to-morrow. My object is merely to set forth as clearly as possible what the tariff policy of the Liberal party is. It has been expressed much better by our leader,

The Budget-Mr. Stevens

who is not in his seat to-night, and there is no reason for anyone in the House or the country to have any doubt what it is. It is clear cut. Our actions throughout the last period of years since 1921 are the best evidence as to what our policy is: We stand by our record in that regard. We intend to pursue that policy in the future.

On motion of Mr. Stevens the debate was adjourned.

On motion of Mr. Robb the House adjourned at 11.05 pan.

Friday, February 25, 1927

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February 24, 1927