Mr. J. A. Bradette (Cochrane):
Mr. Speaker, I am taking this opportunity to present in these precincts some of the reactions that I received from my constituents during the Easter recess. Every member of parliament, no doubt every senator, and certainly the Prime Minister (Mr. St. Laurent) and every member of the cabinet are fully aware of the high cost of living at the present time. They have felt it themselves and they were told by their constituents. Everyone now listening to me no doubt has received since the beginning of the session a nice white square card on which there are words to the effect that members of parliament should see to it that the cost of living is drastically reduced. I am going to speak my mind openly as I always have, and I believe I will be expressing the sentiments of the people whom I have the honour to represent. However, even a member of parliament has to be guarded at times, and the leader of the opposition (Mr. Drew) this afternoon, and also the leader of the C.C.F. party and the leader of the Social Credit party, were guarded to some extent in the statements they made on this very important subject.
I qualify my remarks by stating that during the last war I was a member and vicechairman of the war expenditures committee. At one of its sittings-and I knew that goods were being rationed and there was control on the commodities of life-very innocently I had the audacity to state that I thought there was too much advertising in the press of the country, not only of the commodities of life but also of some of the luxuries. I also mentioned the fact that large catalogues of hundreds of pages were still being issued, and the housewife would only get an average of about one article out of six when she ordered. You should have seen the kind of press I received and the kind of unfavourable publicity my remarks gained1 for me in every section of Canada.
I do not know why it should not be possible for a member of parliament to try to represent his riding sincerely and honestly and to speak the truth as he sees it. Before I proceed any further 1 must make one point very clear. There are three newsprint and sulphite industries in my constituency and I know that the government is now going to carry out some kind of control on the export price of
that production. If we are going to have controls on commodities we must have control of wages also. You cannot separate the one from the other. Any man who knows anything about elementary mathematics should realize that two and two make four and nothing else, no matter what some leaders may say.
I was astonished this afternoon when the leader of the C.C.F. party, for whom I have a high personal regard and respect, kept away from that situation. Again let me make the situation very clear to parliament and to the people whom I represent at the moment. You cannot have price control unless you also have wage control. I make that statement very deliberately indeed because there is no other way to deal in a practical and logical manner with the problem that is agitating the minds of the people of Canada at the moment. The leader of the C.C.F. party made a special appeal at the end of his speech to the Liberal representatives in the house. I am going to vote against the amendment. I am going to vote with my party, and I am not ashamed of doing so. I am proud of it.
I must tell the leader of the C.C.F. party that there must be very rigid controls so far as their whip is concerned. I have been a member of parliament for many years, and I have not heard a single word from any of the Liberal whips who have served over those many years as to the way that I should vote. I was never told how to vote on any question.