The Address-Mr. Herridge being something that is unfortunately necessary, a temporary phase. That is all I am going to say on that aspect of the question. I mention it because a large number of the people I have the honour to represent are concerned with that aspect of the question. When the Atlantic pact was adopted in this house we were informed that it was to be not only a military assistance pact but a pact to bring together the nations of the Atlantic union for mutual economic aid, for economic assistance. We all know that to date very little has been done in that respect.
Now we have the Korean situation with its immediate military necessities. We in this group hope that this government will take the initiative and the lead, will use the prestige of Canada as a western progressive democratic nation to push these policies in the United Nations.
I wish to refer briefly to the second portion of our amendment which deals with price controls and subsidies. The question of price controls and subsidies is of increasing concern to a large number of Canadians who are finding it most difficult to carry on under present conditions. I was interested in reading the amendment moved by the leader of the Progressive Conservatives. It is obvious to anyone who reads that amendment that our friends to the right are changing their tune. I am glad to see that.
I was interested in reading Hansard of 1947 to note a reference to an article reported in the Toronto Star which was made by the high priest of free enterprise, the hon. member for Greenwood (Mr. Macdonnell). The quotation which he gave at that time reads as follows:
It is not always easy to be as confident about the benefits of private enterprise as we would like to be. And if we should run into a minor recession, who is going to benefit by it? The Progressive Conservatives? No. The C.C.F. There are price agreements today. There are a lot of people trying to charge what the traffic will bear. If the businessmen really believed in freedom, they would not do that.
Apparently, from what has occurred, some ousinessmen in this country do not believe in freedom. I continue to quote:
Socialists say prices are going up. I say we are going to cure that by production. If we don't, then it is going to be too bad.
When the emergency powers legislation was being considered in 1946 and 1947 our friends to the right voted against controls and pressed for the return to free enterprise and free markets. That action was quite justifiable from their point of view, believing as they did that that was the only solution to the economic instability existing at that time. But what are the facts? Do not forget that the hon. member for Greenwood said