Mr. Howe (Port Arthur):
There is plenty of capacity to roll pipe. When we talk about a tight situation in pipe we mean a tight situation in the material from which pipe is made. There are only about three mills on this continent which can roll steel plate of a width that can be rolled into 34-inch pipe.
I think there is also one in England and one in Germany. I believe those are the five mills in the world today capable of rolling plate from which 34-inch pipe can be rolled.
The Leader of the Opposition said there is no other place for this 34-inch pipe in North America. That is true enough, but there is a tremendous demand for it in the Middle East. If we released our option on that pipe it would be out of the United States just as quickly as it could be loaded on ships for that destination. If the Leader of the Opposition doubts that I will be glad to get him affidavits to that effect. We are fortunate in having that pipe.
I see it is getting on to ten o'clock and I shall not pursue that any further, but there is one subject I should like to discuss, the theory that I invented Trans-Canada Pipe Lines, that I was the man who brought it into being. I probably had as little to do with it in its first two or three years of existence as any man in this house.
Northern Ontario Pipe Line Corporation days of this week in all sorts of shenanigans in order to block the passage of the bill rather than argue against it.