It is what we prevent, rather than what we do that counts most in Government.
Not necessarily conscription, but conscription if necessary.
The promises of yesterday are the taxes of today.
I really believe my greatest service is in the many unwise steps I prevent.
Where there is little or no public opinion, there is likely to be bad government, which sooner or later becomes autocratic government.
Far more has been accomplished for the welfare and progress of mankind by preventing bad actions than by doing good ones.
If some countries have too much history, we have too much geography.
Fortunately, the Canadian people in all their habits, are essentially a temperate people.
From the outset of the war, the Canadian people have clearly shown that it is their desire to help in every way to make Canada's war effort as effective as possible.
When gasoline and rubber are rationed, electric power and transport facilities are becoming increasingly scarce, and manpower shortages are developing, it is difficult for people to understand their increased use for other than the most vital needs of war.
For one cause or another, it has become necessary to impose restrictions upon the use of many commodities, including not a few of the necessities of life.
Few would venture to deny the advantages of temperance in increasing the efficiency of a nation at war.
If the military might of Germany and Japan are ultimately to be crushed, the United Nations, one and all, must definitely and urgently strive toward a total war effort.
In the twelve months immediately preceding the outbreak; of war, the quantity of spirits, both domestic and imported released for sale in Canada, amounted to over three and a half million proof gallons.
Let it be remembered, too, that at a time of war, nearly every one is under great strain.