Mr. E. J. YOUNG (Weyburn):
Mr. Speaker, 'on, Friday last the following notice appeared in votes and proceedings in my name:
On Monday next-that the fourth report of the select standing committee on hanking and commerce, on the reference as to the price of gasoline, be concurred in.
A word of explanation is due the house as to why I, who was not even a member of the committee, should take it upon myself to move concurrence in the report. This is my reason. I was very anxious to have the report brought before the house. Under the rules it is necessary that forty-eight hours' notice be given before concurrence be moved. We were coming so close to the end of the session that I thought on Friday unless notice was given before the end of last week it would be impossible to have concurrence moved this session. I endeavoured to get in touch with the chairman of the committee to find out what his intentions were, but could not locate him. So I took it on myself to put on the order paper the notice which I have read. Terms of the reference are as follows:
That in the opinion of this house the price of gasoline to the Canadian consumer has for some time past been too high, and that this
matter should be referred to the select standing committee on banking and commerce to investigate and report.
The question submitted to the committee was this: Are we paying too much for our gasoline; and if so, why? If we are paying too much for our gasoline, the committee reckoned that somebody, either our refiners or our distributors, must be getting too much for their services, and that is what they under- ' took to investigate.