Mr. Henry Latulippe (Compton):
Mr. Speaker, I would feel guilty if I did not say a few words concerning the bill now before us. We did not participate in the debate in the Committee of the whole, presented any argument nor discussed the amendments which were moved, because we considered that this government was entirely right.
Mr. Speaker, as many other people, we want a prosperous, live and progressive economy. We have also felt that the unions had carried things too far, and when this happens, somebody must call them to order. It therefore rested with the government to restore order. The situation
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prevailing in the ports has caused heavy damages to the Canadian economy but they are rather difficult to assess.
We appreciate what the government has done in that connection. It was high time it intervened to settle that conflict which should not have lasted so long. It should have been settled well before today. In my opinion, the government has given all possible freedom to enable the two parties to come to an understanding before intervening. And as I said a while ago, when things have gone too far, someone must restore order and intervene. It was the duty of the government to assume its responsibilities.
I should like to express all my admiration for the Minister who has so ably stated the whole case, defended this bill and taken his responsibilities. This is why we did not participate in this debate, but are 100 per cent behind the government in this case.
Subtopic: ST. LAWRENCE PORTS OPERATIONS BILL MEASURE TO PROVIDE FOR RESUMPTION OF LONGSHORING AND RELATED OPERATIONS