Mr. Bob Kaplan (York Centre):
Mr. Speaker, I had no intention of participating in this debate, but having listened to the hon. member for Regina-Lake Centre (Mr. Benjamin), I cannot refrain from rising in an attempt to counter some of the ridiculous accusations he has made against banking and business. It is obvious the hon. member does not believe in business; he thinks that business is one of these evil necessities we would be better without. I do not rise to defend the banks. I rise to defend something the hon. member was prepared to attack and to take away from Canadian society, that is freedom. Freedom is something which is important in Canadian society.
The hon. member argued that Canadian banks should not be free to lend their shareholders' and depositors' money where they think it is in the best interest of their institutions to do so.
Subtopic: BANK ACT