March 6, 1953

CCF

Hazen Robert Argue

Co-operative Commonwealth Federation (C.C.F.)

Mr. H. R. Argue (Assiniboia):

Mr. Speaker, I believe that during this session there has been increasing evidence that this government is disintegrating before the very eyes of members of parliament.

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Some hon. Members:

Oh, Oh.

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Hazen Robert Argue

Co-operative Commonwealth Federation (C.C.F.)

Mr. Argue:

I have been dealing with the mess in regard to floor prices in the Department of Agriculture. The effect of a floor price providing 38 cents a dozen for grade A large eggs, and 5 cents for storage, has been that the farmers in western Canada are receiving 18 cents a dozen for their eggs. The Minister of Agriculture (Mr. Gardiner) is in trouble over something more than floor prices. He made a forty-minute speech yesterday and never mentioned the South Saskatchewan river dam. Apparently, so far as the minister is concerned, it is a dead issue. Now, he is away telling us he is going to build a railway from Churchill to Prince Rupert, apparently to take the place of the South Saskatchewan dam.

During the whole of the debate the minister did not make a statement to the house. He did interrupt, and he did answer some questions, but he decided to sit it out and ride it out. The Prime Minister (Mr. St. Laurent) is not able to say what the government's plans really are in regard to the South Saskatchewan. He says he is waiting for more information. Well, the information is coming.

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Mr. Si. Laureni@

I shall be glad to receive it. I was informed it was coming from the government of Saskatchewan, and I hope it is on its way.

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Hazen Robert Argue

Co-operative Commonwealth Federation (C.C.F.)

Mr. Argue:

Well, it is coming. It will be here. But the thing we are waiting to see is what action this government takes after that report gets here. The Prime Minister sat it out, he rode it out. When the Prime Minister had a motion on the order paper

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The Budget-Mr. Argue [DOT]dealing with emergency powers legislation, Ire sat that debate out too. He turned it over-

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Elie Beauregard (Speaker of the Senate)

Liberal

Mr. Speaker:

Order. I do not think the hon. member can refer to that debate.

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Hazen Robert Argue

Co-operative Commonwealth Federation (C.C.F.)

Mr. Argue:

Mr. Speaker, there are a great many things to which one could refer and which I know would make hon. members opposite exceedingly uncomfortable. There is another example of the Prime Minister sitting something out, riding something out, not touching it at all, turning it over and allowing the Minister of Justice (Mr. Garson) to handle the hot potato. Then it came to the mess in the Department of National Defence. The Prime Minister again said something about it but not much. Instead of taking action with regard to the minister, the deputy minister and high army officials, the Prime Minister followed his earlier policy and said, "I will ride this one out too; I will take a chance. I will stay with the boys in the cabinet even if they have proved themselves to be inefficient and incompetent." We had the Currie report. We had the Auditor General's report. We had the MacNab report that was printed or published .some years ago in the department. It has all come to light. As the days go by it is shown that there is more and more inefficiency and extravagance in that department, but the Prime Minister is riding it out.

Then we come to the Minister of Finance (Mr. Abbott). He was supposed to bring them all together. His budget was to take all of them off the hook. All I have to say is that it failed miserably. I am told that the Minister of Finance discusses his budget with the Prime Minister. The Minister of Finance must have been under the misapprehension that corporations have a vote in the election because it looks to me as though the budget was designed to get the support of corporations rather than the support and the good will of the mass of the Canadian people. I have no doubt, however, that such a good budget for corporations will result in improvement in the coffers of the party opposite and may assist them in fighting the election campaign.

I should like to hear from the Prime Minister about this budget. Maybe the budget is so unpopular with the people of Canada that he is going to ride it out and sit out the budget debate. The hon. member for Moose Jaw (Mr. Thatcher) made a speech during the budget debate and one would have expected that the Minister of Fisheries (Mr. Sinclair)-one of the big guns of the government when it comes to rough and tumble debate-would have been saved for a forty-minute speech defending the budget and

attempting to prove the advantages of it. Instead of that, he followed the example that is often set by the Minister of Justice. He began to interrupt the hon. member for Moose Jaw and to question him; and before he realized what had happened he had-

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An hon. Member:

Made a speech.

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Hazen Robert Argue

Co-operative Commonwealth Federation (C.C.F.)

Mr. Argue:

-used his place in the budget debate and had made an ineffective speech of about five minutes, consisting mainly of interruptions.

The budget has been a sad disappointment to the people of Canada. I do not know where the budget was drafted but it bears all the earmarks of "Made in St. James Street".

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An hon. Member:

Very cheap.

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Hazen Robert Argue

Co-operative Commonwealth Federation (C.C.F.)

Mr. Argue:

Because if the boys down there-

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Douglas Charles Abbott (Minister of Finance and Receiver General)

Liberal

Mr. Abbott:

A nice demagogic appeal.

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Hazen Robert Argue

Co-operative Commonwealth Federation (C.C.F.)

Mr. Argue:

Call it what you like.

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Douglas Charles Abbott (Minister of Finance and Receiver General)

Liberal

Mr. Abbott:

I have.

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Hazen Robert Argue

Co-operative Commonwealth Federation (C.C.F.)

Mr. Argue:

But the minister knows very well that 70 per cent of this budget is for big business and wealthy individuals.

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Douglas Charles Abbott (Minister of Finance and Receiver General)

Liberal

Mr. Abbott:

Rubbish!

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Hazen Robert Argue

Co-operative Commonwealth Federation (C.C.F.)

Mr. Argue:

This is a millionaire's budget. The public of Canada will deal with the rubbish contained in the budget speech.

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Douglas Charles Abbott (Minister of Finance and Receiver General)

Liberal

Mr. Abbott:

The hon. member will be dealt with too.

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CCF

Hazen Robert Argue

Co-operative Commonwealth Federation (C.C.F.)

Mr. Argue:

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George Prudham (Minister of Mines and Technical Surveys)

Liberal

Mr. Prudham:

He did not steal it, anyway.

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March 6, 1953