May 30, 1941 (19th Parliament, 2nd Session)


Harry Leader



I am prompted by the remarks of the hon. member for Vancouver East (Mr. Maclnnis) to offer a word at this juncture. I hesitate to venture upon a discussion of anything so complex as fiscal matters. As a rule such things are difficult for farmers to understand, and even when they do understand them they find difficulty in discussing them as experts would. But speaking as a Liberal I want to say that I believe the vast majority of Liberals in this country will agree with members of the Cooperative Commonwealth Federation party that this is a step in the right direction. I believe in Liberal policies and Liberal traditions, and I believe the statement I have just made will meet with the approval of most Liberals in this house. Certainly it is the opinion of those whom I represent that these policies not only should be adopted for the period of the war, but should be continued after the war as well. Two or three weeks ago I had occasion to chide some of my Conservative friends who had said that some restriction ought to be placed on United States goods entering this country. At that time I said statesmen were not talking that way now.

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