Thomas Langton Church
Mr. T. L. CHURCH (Broadview):
Mr. Speaker, I should like to correct a statement made in the most interesting speech delivered by the hon. member for Trinity (Mr. Roebuck) on Thursday last. One page 858 of Hansard appear these words:
The hon. member for Broadview suggested that something should be done in connection with the amalgamation of our railroads.
What I actually said is to be found on page 856, where I referred to the duplication of our railways and went on to say:
Why could not something be done in that regard to eliminate wastage, as has been done in Great Britain and in the United States?
The second point I wish to raise is this. In the Toronto Star of last Friday appeared an article entitled "Let Opposition Open Seats for Supermen." In this article it is stated that the hon. member for Trinity said that I said that the government should give the country "a real war administration." The article then goes on to quote further the words of the hon. member for Trinity as follows:
If it is proposed that members of the government resign in order that mythical men from the outside may come in, the opposition is in a position to demonstrate its bona fides by certain of its members resigning in order that these great men may be brought in in their places. This would show that hon. members opposite really mean what they were saying.
I used no such words as stated by the hon. member. What I did say will be found on page 855 of Hansard, as follows:
-that consideration should be given to uniting all parties in the country and in the house so that we may have a real war-time national government. I think the party system is one luxury we can do without during this war; there' has been altogether too much of it. A great many people think the government is conducting a Liberal war, and that our war effort is not being carried on in the non-partisan way it should be. There is some element of truth in that suggestion, I am afraid.
It will be seen that the words are quite different. I may say that the hon. member made a most interesting speech.