When the minister and his colleagues try to get out of their difficulty by criticizing those who expose their weakness and call attention to the problems facing him, they call us prophets of doom and gloom. I
say, Mr. Chairman, that is merely cheap politics and demagoguery. Nothing we have said in this house about the economic position at the present time has been contradicted by outside objective observers. I could quote, as I have done, the president of the Newfound-land-Anglo Development Company. I could also quote the ex-governor of the Bank of Canada, Mr. Graham Towers, who said our economy is not growing sufficiently to take care of the demands made on it.
I could also quote another very eminent economic authority whom the Prime Minister loves to quote, Mr. Michael Barkway, who said in the Citizen on April 2:
Amongst economic experts who have no political axe to grind recent weeks have brought a distinct moderating of optimism about both the length and strength of the business pick-up.
All we asked was that the government realize that some of these things may happen, and that in the budget put forward by the Minister of Finance there might be some policy to deal with them if they do happen. But all we have had was a little more of the old stuff we have had during the last four years. It is too late and it is not good enough.
All the big decisions of this government are always being postponed. On this occasion we have got just a little more of their usual treatment for economic recovery, a little of the same, and it is the same four years too late. The problems are piling up. Yet the government ignore them and fall back on their favorite motto-save the surface and you save all.
We have had continuous growth of our debt over the last five years, a piling up of deficits without the economic growth and employment that would justify them. We are having more and more international indebtedness and greater and greater foreign control. We had four years of refusal by the government to do anything about the dollar, and now they are trying by frantic efforts to keep it from dropping too far. We have had devaluation by loss of confidence. We have had fumbling and uncertainty in international trade policies. We have had an increase in exports, but it is dependant on markets which give no assurance of stability or continued growth.
We have had a continued postponement of solutions to the problems that are facing this country but, Mr. Chairman, that continued postponement is nearly over because the time is coming when this government will have to give an account of their stewardship to the Canadian people-
That paper initiated and financially sponsored this test, but when the results came out in the last week or so they were so damning for the Conservative party that the newspaper which initiated this test refused to publish the results.
That is probably the last interjection the hon. member is going to make during this session, and perhaps his last intervention in a Canadian parliament. May I tell him that this interjection is characteristic of all the others that have preceded it in this parliament.