Hon. W. Earl Rowe (Dufferin-Simcoe):
Mr. Speaker, as I listened to the presentation of the budget now before parliament by the Minister of Finance, I could not help but think that no one in the house within sound of his voice could help but realize his outstanding ability and his untiring industry and devotion to any task with which he has ever been confronted. I have always enjoyed listening to the hon. member for Bonavista-Twillingate (Mr. Pickersgill): He and I have been friends here for a long time.
The Budget-Mr. Rowe
We are proud in the rest of Canada to have Newfoundland join in confederation. It has great possibilities. It is the youngest province, but recently it has not been conspicuous for a child-like silence, and I know the hon. member for Bonavista-Twillingate (Mr. Pick-ersgill) must have realized that during these last several weeks. It has certainly caused some concern on the part of the government, but that concern was far exceeded by the distress and the excitement that it caused among that old and at one time happy family of Liberals across Canada. I am sure there must have been times when former cabinet members who now sit to your left, Mr. Speaker, must feel the tattered remnants of a once great party-have a gigantic task ahead of them.
I am afraid the hon. member who has just resumed his seat cannot be better described than by the words used of Lord Ronald when he said nothing, he flung himself from the room, flung himself upon his horse and rode madly off in all directions. I think that those who listen to his speech will have realized that he is still riding fast and furious, and still in all directions. I was listening carefully in case there might be something he had to say that I could follow, but I feel it would be unnecessary for me to try, along with him, to resurrect and fight two elections all over again in such rapid succession after such a serious defeat for his party.
The budget now before parliament is a difficult budget. I have listened to a great many budgets in this house. Canada is only 92 years of age. We are a young country. We have a tremendous structure, a tremendous setup of transportation facilities, and high costs to meet, but in the 92 years of our existence we have reason to have pride though it may be mingled with a certain degree of concern about high taxes, deficits and so forth. There is no reason for despair. I have seen great changes here. As a matter of fact, I have listened to substantially more than one-third of all the budgets presented since Canada was born.
Topic: ANNUAL FINANCIAL STATEMENT OF THE MINISTER OF FINANCE