Mr. Chairman, we have been in session for 58 days, as shown on the order paper, and, all the while, we have been entitled to ask ourselves what the government intends to do about the great problems facing this country.
I quite understand why the government decided to wait until September 27 to convene the twenty fifth parliament for its first session. That does not surprise me at all. I also understand why, in a few days, the government will give us a month's holiday. It is because it has not been able to prepare legislation to deal with the great problems that are crushing the people.
The government is undecided; it does not know where it is going. The fact is borne out by the speech from the throne of the first session of the twenty fifth parliament and that of the last session of the twenty fourth parliament. Those two speeches are almost alike. If, at the time of the last session of the twenty fourth parliament, we were faced with important problems, if, at the opening of the current session, we were faced
with even more serious problems, as the Prime Minister indicated after the election, I completely fail to see why the government persists in refusing to adopt a definite policy concerning the great problems of the moment.
At the opening of the last session, a series of measures had been proposed. We came back to parliament on September 27, and the problems were still the same. We had been told that the problems were very serious.
The government, in my opinion, is incapable of dealing with the situation. We are now at our third interim supply. For the third time since the beginning of the session, the government is asking us for interim supply. We are still without a budget and we know that, upon our return in January, the government will again ask us for interim supply.
When will the government bring down a budget?
On the other hand, we know also that within the cabinet there is not so much unity as discord. In fact, the Minister of Public Works (Mr. Fulton) has seen fit, only a few months before the general election, to leave this house in order to become the leader of a provincial party which is not represented in the legislature.
Ministers are absent from the house when we are discussing legislation which the government tells us or would have us believe is important legislation. They are not here for the examination of their own interim supply. That is strange; where could they be? They must have very good reasons for being absent from the house.
When you look at the present situation, it is obvious that the government does not know where it is going.