William Daum Euler
Perhaps some hon. members will be disappointed when I say I have no intention whatsoever of discussing the amalgamation of railways. It has been so definitely stated on many occasions by the minister that the government will adhere to its resolution, "amalgamation never, competition ever," and as it has also been stated as a policy of the Liberal party that they will endeavour to continue the Canadian National Railways as a separate organization, I am not at all disposed to quarrel with either party or to enter into any controversy at this time.
May I say this, however; in his first radio speech the Prime Minister said that the solution of the railway problem is precedent to the return of prosperity. In other words, we cannot have prosperity until the railways question, whatever that question may be, has been settled. Now, the Prime Minister has promised prosperity, and if he was sincere in bis promise then it certainly becomes his duty to enunciate some policy looking to the settlement of the railway problem. Yet in addressing the board of trade of the city of Toronto, after discussing for ten or fifteen minutes the difficulties in which the Canadian
National Railways found themselves, he is reported to have said, "But this is not Bennett's problem; it is your problem. What are you going to do about it?" I wish merely to point out the inconsistency of bringing in reform policies which are to have the effect of bringing back prosperity, and yet doing nothing to settle a question which the Prime Minister himself has said must be settled before we can have prosperity. The hon. member for South Perth in his very eloquent plea-