June 21, 1935 (17th Parliament, 6th Session)


Edgar Nelson Rhodes (Minister of Finance and Receiver General)

Conservative (1867-1942)


I think it is due to me that I be given the opportunity to say that if the bon. member would do me the courtesy of reading what I have said he could not take exception to a single statement I have made when introducing the bill. In doing more than stating in simple terms what the bill sought to do I was merely being courteous to the house at this stage so that hon. members might be fully aware of the motives which have caused the government to introduce the bill. I must say however that I did not impute any motives to the province of British Columbia. I confined my observations entirely to a statement of facts, and only a limited number of those facts at that, from official documents. I believe when the hon. member reads what I have said he will realize that the last thing I attempted to do or had in mind, or that the government had in mind, was to show any partisanship, because I was at pains to pay tribute to the other provinces in Canada, without regard to their political affiliations, for having cooperated so loyally with the federal government in the administration of the act. After all, the chief motive is to serve the agricultural population of Canada, and I believe we may forget the political phase of it.

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