I do hope that the Minister of Finance (Mr. Fleming) will introduce a well balanced budget, as the Conservative party promised it in this booklet.
In the centre page of the same document, we read:
COST OF LIVING NEAR PEAK (Translation):
This, Mr. Speaker, was in 1952, and you know as well as I do that since the Conservative party has taken over the administration of the country, the cost of living has increased again.
However, in all frankness, Mr. Speaker, it seems to me the Conservative party should not have published this booklet entitled Pocket Politics, title which I can only translate in French as "politique de poche".
And now, Mr. Speaker, let us go on to the year 1953, when the gentlemen on the other side of the house were publishing a pamphlet entitled "Pledge for Canada in 16 points". The first point of this booklet reads as follows:
We will lower federal taxes by at least five hundred million dollars ($500,000,000) a year.
Under the second item, we see the following:
We will introduce a legislation tending to exempt municipal councils and school commissions from the sales and excise taxes on all their purchases-
And if we go on to the sixth item, we find there something about the Senate reform, which the right hon. Prime Minister promised to effect.
During the same year, Mr. Speaker, the Conservative party published another booklet under the title: "This time we are all voting Progressive Conservative-Why?" Mr. Speaker, it is with pleasure that I hear the applause coming from the hon. members sitting to the right, because they thereby recognize that this booklet has been published by them. I would ask them to remember the promises they made and which are recorded in that booklet:
A TAX REDUCTION . . . but a true reduction, and not those symbolical cuts of the last budget. The Progressive Conservatives have promised to grant larger exemptions to the low income families, a substantial reduction of taxes for the less fortunate groups, a higher take-home pay to those who need it most.
. . . the Progressive Conservatives are going to lower the sales tax . . .
SAVINGS IN ADMINISTRATION ... the only way to reduce taxes is to eliminate extravagance . . .
The Address-Mr. Boivin
Mr. Speaker, the Conservative party has been in power for one year, and-