September 11, 1950 (21st Parliament, 3rd Session)


Stanley Howard Knowles (Whip of the Co-operative Commonwealth Federation)

Co-operative Commonwealth Federation (C.C.F.)

Mr. Knowles:

I turn now to the other point I had in mind. In the preamble we have the government expressing its belief that defence preparations may be expected to expand purchasing power and the demand for consumer goods, and at the same time limit the quantity of consumer goods available for ordinary or civilian requirements. Then the preamble goes on to say that this may result in inflationary pressures which it is desirable to do something about. I am sure the government is getting tired of our pressing this point at this special session, but we will keep on pressing it as long as we are here. If the government admits, as it does in the preamble, that these factors can create inflationary pressure, thus shoving up the cost of living, and just because it believes that to be the case sees fit to bring in this kind of legislation, then I submit they have the power to bring in price control legislation and do something about this problem directly.

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