Parliamentary Debates Volume 1, PT. 1
This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1867 edition. Excerpt: ...great question, but he (Mr. Cox) did not know that the Government had ever committed itself to such an opinion. He had carefully listened to the remarks made on the introduction of the Bill, and he had not heard the honorable member at the head of the Government say so much as that----hc had not heard him use any expression that could be supposed to lead to such a conclusion as that the object of the Bill was to raise, or in any wziy to dispose of, the great question of provincialism and ccntrnlism. But, before proceeding farther, he would like to dispose of the observations of the honorable member for the Northern Division (Mr. J. O'Neill), when he ur ed the postponement of the consideration 0 this question. Now, be (Mr. Cox) was not in that House for the first time, having Colony. The honorable member for Christchurch had given the House a history of provineinlism from before the introduction of the Constitution Act, and he (Mr. Cox) had listened very attentively sat in it for three or four sessions, and he ' to the honorable gentleman, who had made some had never been of this question, in w tever form it was 'brought there was a history forward, that the same objection to the discussion of the measure was not made, that was now urged by the honorable gentleman. Whenever a measure of the kind was introduced the cry always had been, " Postpone it until next session," and the question had been postponed. The same objection had always come up, and always would wme up, he ventured to say, in connection with this question, until they sat there under a different constitution, or until, by a new election, they ot new men into their places. The honorable gent eman had said that the people of the country were in '...
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