That was probably when the hon. gentleman was shooting holes in the British flag.
Mr. LaVERGNE: I did not at any time use language of that sort, but if the hon. member for Ottawa (Mr. Chevrier) forgets the days of Papineau and William Lyon Mackenzie, I may tell him that I do not. He can discuss that matter with his leader. As a Canadian, I do not forget those days. At any rate, I have never shot holes in the British flag. Let me assure the hon. member for Quebec East once more that this kind of argument is exploded. Hon. gentlemen have been shooting the people of Quebec long enough; they will not now listen to anything of that sort. What they want this year is bread, which the hon. gentleman failed to give them. May I also tell him that we are waging a war-not a war such as they endorsed in this house and denounced in Quebec; not a war in Turkey or Egypt, nor the last war in India, discussed in their papers, La Presse and Le Soleil of Quebec, in which a picture of my hon. friend appears once a week. No; this is a war against hunger, a
war against misery brought upon the people of Canada by the policy which hon. gentlemen opposite have been following for a number of years past. And, to wage this war, we are willing to endorse a blank cheque, if hon. gentlemen wish to call it that.
When my hon. friend says that parliament has not been consulted, I wonder what we are doing now; I wonder what we shall be doing next year when this government brings before parliament its accounts in connection with the adminstration of this fund. But I will go further: I dare the hon. gentleman to get up and ask for a vote on this bill. Hon. gentlemen opposite will let it pass, "carried on division," as they have been doing lately, not having the courage to register their names to those great principles which they have been bringing before the house. The principles which they have been bringing before the house they have not the courage to bring before the people.
I was not going to speak on this matter, but the hon. gentleman, in his speech, became quite huffy. He began naming the worst kings who have reigned in the past. Let me put a very humble question to the king of Quebec *-and the king of Quebec, I am afraid, like the ex-king of Spain, instead of standing his ground and answering, will take his hat and run away or take refuge behind the Speaker, who has to maintain order in this house. When I am in the chair I am for the time being not an ordinary member; I must maintain order, as the hon. gentleman knows very well.
Topic: FARM AND UNEMPLOYMENT RELIEF
Subtopic: POWER TO DEAL WITH AGRICULTURAL DISTRESS AND LABOUR SITUATION'-MAINTENANCE OF ORDER