We have had an example tonight, Mr. Chairman, of the colossal nerve which the government displays; but they will not get away with it on this occasion. The Associate Minister of National Defence took the latest issue of Time magazine and quoted certain passages from an article about the Canadian economy, but he left out certain
more important quotations. For example, on the very same page from which the Associate Minister of National Defence quoted we read these words:
"We're prosperous, but slowly going bankrupt," a Toronto economist wryly reflected. "This is a special Canadian trick."
I quote again from this article:
What Diefenbaker did not go out of his way to mention was that some key indicators are unhappily slowing up. The index of industrial production rose steeply to 186.6 in May, from 169.2 a year earlier, but slowed to a crawl by midsummer. Unemployment, while lower than it has been, was still, at 3.9 per cent of the labour force, not low enough. A 4 per cent rise in public spending during the first six months, mostly on a crash program to build vocational schools, was flattened by Ottawa's $228 million austerity cut-back-"and that," said a Montreal economist, "is $228 million worth of jobs."
That is what they did not say, Mr. Chairman, and I hope that in the next campaign, which I think will be soon, the Associate Minister of National Defence will come into the Essex ridings and make this very same type of speech before the unemployed automobile workers of Windsor. He will do myself and my other Liberal colleagues of the county of Essex a great favour and he will give us a lot of help in getting re-elected.
This has been bad enough, Mr. Chairman, these half truths, this failure to quote these passages from the very page from which the minister quoted in his speech, but we have seen something worse; and this is all the worse because so far hon. gentlemen opposite have not even seemed to notice this particular omission. I would have thought, Mr. Chairman, that the very first thing the associate minister of defence would have done in beginning his speech would have been to dissociate himself completely from the vile words quoted by the hon. member for Laurier.
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