Let me say to the hon. member from Nova Scotia that the people there felt they had something at stake, with the result that they were represented. Ontario and Quebec, on the other hand, were not. But the fact of their attitude and the further fact that they were not represented do not mean that the people of Ontario and Quebec are less union-minded than the people in other provinces. We are just as much interested in this national union as any people could be.
I look back over the years and I can remember various situations which developed where help was needed either in the east or in the west. Never once in the years I have sat in the House of Commons have I heard a member from Ontario or Quebec deny to the other provinces of Canada anything we thought was in the best interests^ of the country. Never have I heard a member from Ontario or Quebec in the days of depression say we should not have done this or have done that for the wheat farmers in the drought areas of western Canada.
I have found that in the House of Commons members have been willing to bury their differences, so far as geographical position was concerned; I have found they have been only to O' willing to do anything which would unite more solidly than ever the various provinces. So I say, when hon. members criticize the two central provinces they are doing something to create national disunity rather than to build unity in Canada.
Let us deal with the problem in a big and broad way, considering what is best and in the interests of the country. Again I say: Certainly there are discriminatory rates. I have no hesitation in saying I do not think a man who lives in Lethbridge, Regina or Edmonton should have to pay $200 or $250 more for a Chevrolet than I pay for one in Ontario.
Topic: FREIGHT RATES-INCREASES ORDERED BY TRANSPORT BOARD-AMENDMENT, MR. COLDWELL