Mr. Stan Darling (Parry Sound-Muskoka):
Madam Speaker, today's Ottawa Citizen tells us that 9,962 companies have gone bankrupt in the first 11 months of this year, leaving behind them some $2.1 billion in debt. This represents an increase of 35.4 per cent over the same period last year, and 411 per cent over the 2,420 recorded during the height of the 1930s' depression.
The Party opposite has clung to power for 15 years by claiming to be able to unite our country. While its members efforts in every other regard have been utter failures-even to the point of being counter-productive-honesty compels us to acknowledge the unity they have forced upon all of us by their economic policies. Therefore I move, seconded by the Hon. Member for Fundy-Royal (Mr. Corbett):
That this House congratulate the Government for at last fulfilling, at least in part, its pledge to unify the country-even if that unifying force is despair-and urges it to quit while it is at least this far ahead.