I should not have used the word, and I apologize, but will anybody say that my hon. friend did not try to be a dictator on the committee-I think that is parliamentary, Mr. Speaker. I did not intend to insult the hon. member, for whom I have a great deal of regard.
I was saying that these investigations only mean a waste of public money. We started our investigation on March 17 by selecting a lawyer, whom I am not going to criticize, but who acted like a police court lawyer when it came to getting evidence. We also selected an accountant, a high type of man, I assume, and we have spent a lot of money, probably $15,000 or $20,000, but what have we accomplished? I admit that the recommendation we made was the only one we could make under the circumstances. We had to compromise. We could not do other than recommend a continuance of the investigation. I was personally opposed to a royal commission because I thought it would cost too much money. I have to make every dollar I get and I do not like to see money wasted.
I say without fear of contradiction that only a man with a suspicious mind would think that the implement people were not giving this country a square deal. As a matter of fact I believe the implement people are getting the worst of it.
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