Hon. George Prudham (Minister of Mines and Technical Surveys):
Mr. Speaker, today, February 13, 1957, commemorates the 10th anniversary of a significant step in the development of our mineral resources, the discovery of petroleum near Leduc in Alberta. The intensified search for oil which followed this discovery has resulted in the spectacular growth of Canada's petroleum production from 20,000 barrels a day in 1946 to 467,000 barrels a day in 1956.
I think it is fitting that we pay tribute to those in private industry and government services whose foresight and tenacity have made possible this remarkable achievement and the opening up of important new areas of this country for development and production. These ten years of industrial achievement have added greatly to our national energy reserves, as well as bringing closer the day when Canada will be self-sufficient in petroleum and natural gas.