Mr. Don Blenkarn (Mississauga South):
Madam Speaker, we have heard a great deal of drivel tonight from the other side. They would have us turn the clock of history back maybe 50 years or 100 years. They would have us go back to the policies of Sir John A. Macdonald. John A. Macdonald's national policies were important for the country 50 years ago or 100 years ago but they are not policies for today.
Today we live in a world where goods are produced with fewer and fewer people. The economies of mass production, the computer and robotics changed the production of goods and services to such an extent that tariff barriers are no longer barriers. The old policy of high tariffs to protect the domestic industries of Canada and keep the domestic employment up will no longer work.
If we had to go back to a high tariff policy we would have to go back to a policy of 100 per cent tariffs and 200 per cent tariffs. We would have to go back to a controlled policy that prevented goods from coming into the coun-
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try and services from coming into the countiy based on nationality or based on whatever we might have. Such a policy would drive the standard of living in Canada down beyond all belief. Yet that is the policy recommended by the New Democrats or the new dinosaurs, to get down to the proper name for that party, or the Liberal Party.
The fact of the matter is that we are in a world economy. We have to produce our goods to world standards of quality and price. If we are not prepared to do that we are not going to be able to maintain our standard of living. We must organize ourselves to produce things efficiently and effectively at prices that beat anybody in the world.
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