I did not intend to take part in this debate until the hon. member for Bonavista-Twillingate quoted from the London Free Press. He mentioned an article by Mr. Walter Harvey of the University of Western Ontario, and he tried to leave the impression with this house that the ideas expressed by Mr. Harvey were those of the London Free Press. I should therefore at once point out to him and to the house that Mr. Harvey is a free lance writer and that practically all the articles carried in the London Free Press are preceded by these words:
The opinions expressed in this article are those of the writer and not necessarily those of the London Free Press.
The Liberal party, in the speeches of its members today on tariff item 554b dealing with the woollen cloth industry, has demonstrated to Canadians-both industry and labour-that this industry is expendable. This is an industry which ever since confederation has employed a large number of workers in this country. Just to give the house an idea of some of the expressions of opinion voiced by Mr. Walter Harvey, I would like to mention two such expressions of opinion which the hon. member for Bonavista-Twillingate did not quote. The first of these is as follows:
If the Canadian producers really need a 50 per cent duty, they must be inefficient.
And secondly he has this to say in the London Free Press of July 3 last:
The lower wages paid to workers in Britain, or in Hong Kong for that matter, have nothing to do with the case. The Canadian woollen industry is not in competition for labour with any industry outside Canada. Wages are high in Canada because we have some efficient industries that can pay high wages and meet all comers in the markets of the world.
I should not say that I am amazed because the Liberal party is following the policy it has verbally espoused for many long years. However, when it was in power it did not practise that policy, and in fact gave a great deal of high protection to some industries which did not need it.
Topic: WAYS AND MEANS
Subtopic: CUSTOMS TARIFF