March 10, 1948 (20th Parliament, 4th Session)


William Earl Rowe

Progressive Conservative


When one control is removed you have to put another on to cover up the errors in it. May I suggest that if the government wishes to increase production-and I agree with the Minister of Finance that we should-instead of putting more controls on, he should take more off and let the people know where they are going. Let the people find their own level. Let industry be governed

Excise Tax Act Amendment
more by the law of supply and demand. If there ever was any virtue in the old free trade doctrines of the Liberal party, then surely today that party is the farthest away from its free trade policy it has ever been since confederation. If there ever was any virtue in it, then surely there might be some virtue in it today, when the whole world is clamouring for foodstuffs. This is a time when we need international trade, and when we should not allow ourselves to get into a position where we have to prohibit goods from that great customer, the United States of America.
We can well recall hearing the present Prime Minister state in the house that we must not provoke the United States. We could scarcely raise a tariff. But today we have the greatest number of changes, and have observed the greatest number of changes in the fiscal policy of the Liberal party that we have seen in the last twenty-five years.
I can remember when that party was going to have a policy of free trade. They said, "Buy your implements where you can buy them the cheapest; sell your products where you can sell them for the most"-total free trade. The Liberal party in western Canada called for free trade.

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