Mr. Richard (Ottawa East):
That is only the hon. gentleman's opinion.
The next important factor in trade, of course, is to keep our markets abroad and this again relates to the diversion of trade from the United States. The best customer Canada has is the United States of America, and we cannot afford to lose that customer. Some correction should be made by this government in the near future so the United States will not take too seriously the flippant attitude held by some hon. members opposite. I was very glad to hear a young Conservative but a very bright one, the hon. member for Calgary South (Mr. Smith), say this morning that we should be good Canadians but that does not mean we should be anti-American. Of course the ridings in Canada are not the same and some people are politically inclined to forget on occasion what is the general good. I do hope I am not imputing any motives to hon. members in saying this.
The Address-Mr. J. T. Richard
In any event we will have to extend our markets throughout the world. We are now talking about peace and increased co-operation with the U.S.S.R. If we ever achieve that kind of hopeful situation about which we talk so much we will have to do a lot of peddling to win markets from the U.S.S.R. on the basis of even competition. (Translation) :
And I would now like to congratulate the member for Labelle (Mr. Courtemanche) who has recently been appointed Secretary of State. I hope that he will gain for himself a good reputation as a leader in a department which has been too long neglected. I am confident that he will get down to work immediately and that he will be able to provide us with the assistance we have been looking for for a number of years. And, to be perfectly fair, I must include here the administration that preceded that of the Conservative party.
I am, of course, pointing these remarks in the direction of the Minister of Citizenship and Immigration (Mrs. Fairclough). I have just congratulated the new Secretary of State (Mr. Courtemanche). I am sorry the hon. lady who was the former secretary of state did not have a long enough tenure of office to do the many things which we expected she would accomplish in the different branches which came under her jurisdiction, prior to her appointment to the position she now holds. However, I might say for her benefit and the benefit of all those who are here that she acquired the reputation of being a very friendly and efficient minister in the Department of Secretary of State, although I must express regret that she was unable to retain the location of the patent office in the centre of the city as so many of us requested last year.
The present Secretary of State will, I hope, have an opportunity to remain in his post long enough to become closely acquainted with the several branches for which he answers to this house.
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