November 7, 1941 (19th Parliament, 2nd Session)


Richard Burpee Hanson (Leader of the Official Opposition)

National Government

Mr. HANSON (York-Sunbury):

I am glad to hear the minister say that at last the government are becoming realistic in connection with the matter of rationing in the present gasoline situation. An ordinary member of parliament cannot visualize the difficulty of putting into effect a system of this kind, but such a system is in operation in England and it is just too bad for anyone who does not take care of his position over there. As far as I know anything about public opinion, I believe the public of Canada will welcome any decent system of rationing if it is in the interests of the war effort of this country. I do not believe there is any sacrifice the loyal people of Canada are not prepared to make, and surely this is one of the least that could be asked.
Under the system of moral suasion and appeals to save gasoline I do not think our people have taken the matter very much to heart. I heard of the case of a gentleman in the city of Toronto who put up his cars and walked. Yet one day he was confronted with the spectacle of hundreds of cars coming away from the Woodbine race track, each one with a V for victory on the windshield. That is the sort of thing that makes one sick to contemplate, the thoughtlessness of people.
(Mr. Howe.]

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