March 20, 1950 (21st Parliament, 2nd Session)


Lewis Elston Cardiff

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Cardiff:

All right; you can laugh at that if you like. May I say that I have a habit of reading minds; I looked over the members of the house at that particular time and I did not see anybody in any quarter of this house who was not digesting that speech to the full. I might also say that there were not any comments directed to the leader of the opposition when he was making that speech. It was the speech of a statesman, it was well delivered, and it will be remembered for a long time.
I put down a few notes here, Mr. Speaker, but I do not think they are of much use to me. In the first place, I do not know anything about gas lines nor pipe lines, but I do know this. If the gas line or the pipe line is constructed in Canada it will create employment for a great many Canadians; but if it goes through the United States there is no question in anyone's mind that it will give work to a great many people on the other side of the boundary. Suppose the pipe line did cost more to build on Canadian soil, would it not be worth the difference to have a pipe line through our own country first and to have our own people served before it is taken out of the country? In British Columbia and through the west there are many industries that would receive cheap gas. By receiving cheap gas they could manufacture things at a much lower cost than would otherwise be possible; they then would be able to compete in the markets of the world. I believe in Canada for Canadians first. After that, if you have anything to spare, sell all you can sell to those outside your own border.

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