December 18, 1962 (25th Parliament, 1st Session)


Maurice Sauvé


Mr. Sauve:

As my hon. friends who are learned in economics would say, when there is no input there can be no output.
Mr. Chairman, this government has no policy, either with regard to all the great Canadian issues or in respect of significant international problems.
Indeed, last September, all Canadians were ashamed of the attitude taken by our Prime Minister (Mr. Diefenbaker) in London, when he condemned the action of Great Britain who was about to decide joining the common market. Mr. Chairman, I say that what is good for Great Britain is also good for Canada. The Prime Minister should have satisfied himself of that fact before his departure, and he should have resorted to logic rather than expediency. Indeed, our friends in Great Britain took it upon themselves to tell him at the time what they thought of him and his policy.
The Secretary of State for External Affairs (Mr. Green) attended the NATO conference. What did he do there? He simply told our western allies: I have no policy, I cannot commit my government, my government does not know what to do, therefore I am waiting and you should wait too-you should wait as far as western defence is concerned.
I might go on and on, Mr. Chairman, and mention many other issues.
In fact, according to some forecasts, there will be 500,000 unemployed in Canada this winter. The spokesman of the Canadian Labour Congress and of the federation of national unions came to tell us that we might

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have even more than 500,000. The Minister of Labour (Mr. Starr) just said: "There are more people working now than last year."
There probably are more people working now than last year. But the fact remains that those 500,000 workers are unemployed, and have been looking for jobs for quite some time. Will the reply of the Minister of Labour give them jobs?
The position of those 500,000 unemployed creates an urgent problem which the government is unable to face.
Neither does the government know how to organize this country's economic development. Experts told us so, and everybody has noticed it since 1957. The pace of national production has slowed down, yet the government just tells us one month after another: "There may, perhaps, be an increase".
We have some extremely serious problems in the field of national health. A royal commission has been investigating the problem for two years. There is no answer yet, no decision yet.
And we come to the famous Columbia river issue. I remember that during the elections, in 1957 and 1958, hon. members of this government were roaming about Canada, stating that the Liberal party did not always look after the interests of Canadians, but that they would look after them, and defend them, in spite of ever effort made by the United States.
They were promising to stand up for our interests. But did they stand up for our interests when the Prime Minister himself and the then minister of justice signed in Washington a treaty through which we were sold down the river to the United States, without the least guarantee. Since then, they have realized what they have done and they do not want to answer for it before parliament or have the matter discussed by a committee. And those are only a few of the problems I could mention. We are facing housing problems, municipal problems.
In Quebec, these last few years, efforts have been made to bring the province up to date. An economic planning board has been set up and has already produced its first report. They have tried to develop an education policy which would enable every youth to continue his studies, whatever his financial resources. School allowances have been given to parents of 16 and 17 year old students who want to continue their studies.
The provincial government has embarked upon a hospital insurance policy.

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