Mr. Speaker, on the question of assurance of supply the minister has just given the case away. He has continued to express his pious hope, with no hardrock guarantees, that Canadians on the east coast will be able to get the oil they will need in the future. He has just given the case away.
I should like to ask him a question with regard to price. Since we are not getting an assurance of supply, will he now assure Canadians that his good friends, the multinationals who are shortchanging us in respect of supply, will not in the next few weeks and months double or in any way significantly change the price they are charging Canadians for this oil to which they are entitled?
Subtopic: SUGGESTION PETRO-CANADA PURCHASE VENEZUELAN OIL