December 21, 1951

PC

William Joseph Browne

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Browne (St. John's West):

The hon. member for Charlotte made a very superficial speech which seemed to please hon. members on the other side. He was endorsing in general what the government is trying to do, but I submit that he has not any conception of what is at stake in this matter. He has no realization of what is contained in the report he was supposed to have been studying while a member of the committee. I do not know what he was doing on that committee.

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William Joseph Browne

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Browne (St. John's West):

He does not even approve of this report. The hon. gentleman said it was the big guy that was worrying, not the little fellow. Then he went on to read with approval a letter written by the big guy, Woodward Stores Limited, to the chairman of the committee. Let us be logical about this thing. Are Woodward stores worrying? Yes; they are worrying lest this thing does not go through. That is what they are worrying about. Let us listen to what the big guy has to say and let us then hear what the Liberals have to say about it. I dismiss the opinions of the hon. member for Charlotte because they are not worth considering.

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PC

William Joseph Browne

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Browne (St. John's West):

I commend to the attention of my hon. friends over there what was read with such great approval by the hon. member for Charlotte, and I quote:

The whole of our Canadian economy is geared-

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An hon. Member:

You are on the wrong page.

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PC

William Joseph Browne

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Browne (St. John's West):

Is the hon.

member asking a question?

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PC

William Joseph Browne

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Browne (St. John's West):

Here is what was read by the hon. member for Charlotte.

An. hon. Member: What page?

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PC

William Joseph Browne

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Browne (St. John's West):

I beg your pardon, page 819. I am reading from the letter which was read with such approval by the hon. member for Charlotte.

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PC

William Joseph Browne

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Browne (St. John's West):

The proceedings of the combines legislation committee. I suppose the hon. gentleman has not heard of it and he should be interested. If I may proceed.

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PC

William Joseph Browne

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Browne (St. John's West):

The hon. member for Springfield has no idea what is going on.

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PC

William Joseph Browne

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Browne (St. John's West):

This reads:

The whole of our Canadian economy is geared to a free enterprise system. It is the basis of our political creed. The man in the street has faith in it.

Listen to this:

He believes that sooner or later unfettered competition-

What does that mean?

-and the laws of supply and demand will defeat the bogey of inflation.

Do hon. members on the other side, does the Secretary of State for External Affairs (Mr. Pearson), does the Minister of Trade and Commerce (Mr. Howe) approve of unfettered competition?

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PC

William Joseph Browne

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Browne (St. John's West):

No, I do not

want any questions from you.

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December 21, 1951