Mr. R. R. Knight (Saskatoon):
It is always an interesting event in this House of Commons, Mr. Speaker, when the Minister of Finance (Mr. Abbott) brings down his budget. I have often said, and I have often written, that I feel it is the night of nights in the House of Commons when the people of Ottawa show some interest in the proceedings of this house. I suppose these people are, to some extent at least, representative of the people of Canada. On budget night, therefore, they usually crowd the galleries and even stand up, something that I never quite understood because I know they could get the main points of the budget just as easily and as quickly if they stayed at home. However, for some reason they come.
I believe it was noticeable this year that there were very few people here on budget night. I take it they expected practically nothing, and if I may say so, that was just about what they got. It was a very tame budget. There was nothing inspirational about it, and I imagine that is one of the reasons we have not had many inspired speeches. The minister will forgive me-
Subtopic: ANNUAL FINANCIAL STATEMENT OF THE MINISTER OF FINANCE