Mr. G. T. Purdy (Colchesler-Hanis):
Mr. Speaker, in rising to take part in this debate I am reminded that this will be the last opportunity during this session, in fact, during this parliament, when one will be able to discuss matters not definitely related to the problem under review. Today, therefore, I propose to deal with several matters of interest to my constituents and to my province in addition to the budget.
The press has already dealt extensively with the proposal submitted by our Minister of Finance on March 14, and I wish to associate myself with the many who have congratulated him on what his address contained and the manner in which he delivered it. While the proposals did not offer a great deal to any specific section of our population, there is something for almost everybody, in addition to special benefits to the Atlantic provinces,
fully in keeping with the slogan of the Liberal party-Unity, Security, Freedom.
Is it any wonder, therefore, that the official opposition, try as they may, from their financial critic to those who have most recently spoken, have been exceedingly weak in their criticisms and lacking in constructive alternative proposals. Again they have adopted the old line of trying to make the people believe that if put in power they would pay out more and collect less and still present a balanced budget, or even reduce the debt as the present administration has done. To my way of thinking, such claims are absurd and I am satisfied that the intelligent electors of our country agree with my views.
The hon. member for Greenwood (Mr. Macdonnell) has accused the Minister of Trade and Commerce (Mr. Howe) of having a war mentality. I am sometimes of the opinion that the hon. member for Greenwood must have a worm mentality. As regards the C.C.F. party, I do not believe that our people want state controlled industry or dictatorship such as would, of necessity, come out of such control.
Topic: THE BUDGET
Subtopic: ANNUAL FINANCIAL STATEMENT OF THE MINISTER OF FINANCE