With the aid of these wonderful badges they will at least be able to show that they are members of parliament.
Now what is this government attempting to do? Should I believe the government when it says: Of course, we just want this power, we are not going to use it? I think of the promises that have been made. During the question period I sent out to get some of the reports of promises that we have had from this government. I think of the questions this morning about inflation and rising prices. 1 just do not know how it came about that we have inflation, because in a speech of the Prime Minister on May 20, 1968,1 find that he said:
The government is not broke, but the government-if it wants to have a sound dollar-must sustain a balanced budget.
March 16, 1979
Then he said:
We have a balanced budget and it's going to stay that way-
It is in ways like this that we in the House and the country have been deceived, and this is what causes me to be very suspicious of the explanation concerning this particular subclause.
I could go on and read another promise of the Prime Minister. I have one of his press releases here and this is what he promised:
The government intends to hold down federal government spending and to keep our expenditures in line with our tax revenues. In other words, our aim is to achieve a balanced budget.
The people of Canada were deceived in the last election because they believed the Prime Minister when he said something to this effect: "We will not bring in price and wage controls." The then leader of the Conservative party said that they were necessary. We went down to defeat because the hon. member Halifax (Mr. Stanfield) said what he believed to be the fact. This government lied to the Canadian people.
Topic: GOVERNMENT ORDERS
Subtopic: ENERGY SUPPLIES EMERGENCY ACT, 1979 MEASURE TO CONSERVE STOCKS