And the minister knows full well that the surprise would not be one which would bring any gratification to the Canadian public.
Going back over the debates in this house, over the debates in the British House of Commons, and over the debates in the houses of other nations of the commonwealth, over and over again before the war you will find the answer to similar questions, that it was not in the public interest-when the only interest that was being served was the interest of a department which was hiding its failure at that time.
These facts are all a matter of record today. It is now history. But let us not disregard that history; let us not permit the same device to be employed for the purpose of holding back the preparations which should be made.
I said before, and I repeat, that the frankness and accuracy of the answers given by ministers is fundamental to our system. It used to be an accepted proposition that if a minister knowingly misled the house the house was entitled to his resignation.