Mr. G. H. Castleden (Yorkton):
Mr. Speaker, the hon. member who has just preceded me is something like the Minister of Trade and Commerce, who tries to tell this house that the opposition considers a big wheat crop is a calamity. Such a statement is very far from the truth. We consider abundant crops to be of great benefit to the people of this country and they should be of great benefit to the world. But when we see a recession in the areas where the people produce those crops; when we see the rest of Canada enjoy-
ing great prosperity while the people engaged in agriculture on the prairies are suffering recession caused by increasing costs and inability to deliver their grain or sell it because of the maladministration of this government, we say the calamity is the government.
I might say that the hon. member who preceded me does not read nearly as well as the minister does in presenting his case. The hon. member also referred to the fact that Canada is enjoying unprecedented investment in industry. We are enjoying an unprecedented peacetime boom because of terrific government expenditures in defence and defence contracts, and also tremendous investments coming from the great giant that lives to the south of us on this continent, the United States.
On other occasions I have referred to the danger facing Canada because we are living on the same continent with this very wealthy nation of 160 million people. I have referred to the danger that faces this small country because that great country to the south, with all its wealth, can move in here and buy into and absorb Canadian industry through their subsidiary companies in this country and gradually obtain control, economically, of our natural wealth and the industrial life of our nation.
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