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The Pamphlet Collection of Sir Robert Stout: Volume 30

His Party

His Party.

There were his opinions on the principal topics of the day, but it was necessary for him to say which party he would be found supporting if elected. Our system is essentially One of party Government, and while perhaps no member truly believed in all the ministry he supported, did, it was necessary that he should follow one side or the other. Following on the lines he had indicated, it might be inferred which of the parties in the House he would be found supporting. He had indicated plainly that the land policy of the Government was one which, extended in some direction, deserved the support of the people; he had also indicated that the proposals so far as they tended to the encouragement of local industries had his support, but it was not only upon these two points, but upon the whole tenor of the present Government's proposals that he would be found supporting them* It was proper that in some respects a member should be independent, but upon all questions affecting the existence of a ministry he should be prepared to take his stand by surrendering details to keep in power the party which he considered had the welfare of the country most at heart.