We also had successive Leaders of the Opposition. While I was here, we have had the hon. Mr. Bracken as Leader of the Opposition, followed by Mr. Drew. Later
The Address-Mr. Caouette on, that is in 1958, we had a Conservative government under the former prime minister, the right hon. member for Prince-Albert (Mr. Diefenbaker). The government then had 208 members out of 265, that is, the greatest majority ever granted a political party to administer the country. There was no lack of majority, but what matters were dealt with then in the speeches from the throne? The very same:
-financial and intellectual resources which are not unlimited and must be used with careful planning and the hard judgement of priorities. It is a simple fact of life that everything cannot be done at once.
Mr. Speaker, throughout the country, we have had the opportunity to attend the meetings of the regional economic councils. We have now the report from the Canadian Economic Council, the cream of all the economic councils in Canada. Throughout all our regions, those people have the required intelligence to study the problems, and they do study them. They are part of our intellectual resources and they come out with a planning system. I went to Ville-Marie in my constituency not so long ago in order to find out about the studies being carried out in the fields of agriculture, road maintenance, development of natural resources and others, and the chairman of each committee gave us a report at the end of each day. Mr. Speaker, it was really something to listen to those reports. Therefore, it seemed that it was possible to make wonderful things in our country, according to the regional economic councils. Then, I asked them "When shall we start to implement these measures?"-"What!"-"Yes, when?"-"Well, as it is now, we have not got any money. We cannot do so. We must wait for some help from the governments. We are going to suggest it to the government and they will decide." When we make suggestions to the provincial government, they reply: "We have no money". We then turn to the federal government.
The Prime Minister spent a quarter of an hour this afternoon to tell us that the government has no money. However, during the electoral campaign-it was wonderful-the Prime Minister stated: "Governments have only the money the taxpayers are willing to give them." What we are willing to give them, that is what the government has.
"We are no magicians. We are not Father Christmas. We are just men eager to turn Canada, and the whole world as well, into truly liveable places."
September 16, 1968
The Address-Mr. Caouette
Mr. Speaker, I agree about the tact that the Prime Minister is no magician, but if he really believes that the Canadian Parliament is indeed a sovereign Parliament, who then is the magician that provides subsidies to wage war while subsidies to enforce peace at home remain unavailable?
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