Mr. Bud Bradley (Haldimand-Norfolk):
Madam Speaker, I rise under the provisions of Standing Order 43 on a matter of urgent necessity. The Prime Minister (Mr. Trudeau) said that the present economic situation in Canada baffles him. He cannot understand why people keep borrowing money, with such high interest rates. Surely the Prime Minister could try to
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understand the problems of small business. With the high rate of inflation, high rents, wages and all other aspects of small business, it simply becomes a matter of survival. They must borrow, no matter what the rate is, in order to avoid bank-rukptcy a little longer, hoping that someone in government will come to their senses and help them. But either the government does not care-and I hope that is not the case-or it does not understand small business. Assuming the latter, I move, seconded by the hon. member for Cambridge (Mr. Speyer):
That this House direct the Prime Minister and the Minister of Finance to contact an organization such as the Canadian Federation of Independent Businessmen and meet with them in order to learn how it really is in small business in Canada today.
Subtopic: SMALL BUSINESS