Well, Mr. Speaker, with an expression like that coming from one who goes around professing to be a member of the cloth, it is beneath my dignity to ask him to withdraw. I should think the hon. member would be familiar enough with both the rules of the house and the rules of common decency to withdraw, without being requested to do so by me.
The fact that they do not believe in free enterprise was exemplified by their votes in the house last night. Fortunately those votes are recorded. I can appreciate the fact that the hon. member for Lethbridge (Mr. Blackmore) regrets his vote, and regrets
particularly that it is recorded, and will be set down in the annals of the history of Canada. That vote will show that they can talk one way and vote another.
I was also surprised to know that hon. members of the Social Credit party in the House of Commons agree with the attorney general in British Columbia who, in a letter sent to the board of transport commissioners, indicated that he took no interest and was not concerned in transporting oil by way of the United States for refineries there, rather than in Canada. The leader of the Social Credit party in the House of Commons has confirmed that view by stating that he does not believe in an all-Canadian gas line. He does not believe that the Ontario city of Sudbury, and other cities in that area, should receive the advantage of this product from Alberta. Rather it is his view that it should be sent down, first, to our friends in the United States, before Canadians are served. Then, if any should happen to be left over, it would come back to us.
That is all I have to say. We see members of the Social Credit party confirming in the House of Commons the stand they have taken in British Columbia during the short time it has been our misfortune to have them in control in that province. Fortunately that situation will be changed on June 9, after which there will be no further fear in British Columbia.
Topic: NATURAL RESOURCES
Subtopic: GOVERNMENT POLICY