Mr. A. E. Dewar (Qu'Appelle):
Mr. Speaker, in my opening remarks last evening I had intended to make reference to the illustrious group of governmental supporters in this corner of the house. Having once had a reputation for boisterous behaviour, this group is today quiet and serene. However, let no one think for a minute that we do not lend weight to this august body. As a matter of fact, we are almost the weightiest in the house, including the hon. member for Nipis-sing (Mr. Garland), whose home is in North Bay. At the present time we can more than
pull our own weight and in time it is our hope that we will be able to lend a lot to other sections of the house.
Continuing along the theme of trade with Great Britain and the so-called lost returns to our farmers, I have a few observations I should like to add to what I had to say last evening. Our good friends in the official opposition have suggested various sums that have been lost because of the contracts that were made for prices below the world level. We are not in disagreement with the statement that the prices were below world level, but why in heaven's name are they not consistent in their arguments?
One hon. member will get up and make a tear-jerking speech with reference to the commonwealth and the British people, and then in the next minute another speaker gets up and says that this country has lost $500 million. Then a day or two later another speaker gets up and says that we lost $1,000 million. Then another fellow, not to be outdone, says that we have lost $2,000 million.
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