Perhaps the hon. gentleman would allow me to finish. Therefore, if we are to continue our exports to these countries, as I have said we must reduce our own consumption. One way of doing that is to use the fiscal method. Hon. members may differ as to that method, but it is a method which is generally recognized by economists and others of repute to be a proper and sound method of accomplishing that objective; and that is one of the weapons which the government has decided to use in this situation. That is one of the reasons this tax is being imposed. The list of articles selected, as I have said, includes articles which, speaking generally, are not the most essential. But, as I haive said on other occasions, in the world as it is today we in this country are living beyond our means, not beyond what we can produce ourselves but beyond the means of our customers, and the purpose of this measure is as I have stated.
It is very easy to rise in one's place and criticize a tax measure. I know that. I know taxes are not popular. When these measures were brought in I was under no illusion that they would be popular, or that I would become a national hero because I brought them in. But I came to the conclusion, and the government came to the conclusion, that they were necessary if we are to continue to play cur part. And that, I think, needs to be said.
Subtopic: EXCISE TAX ACT AMENDMENT