Mr. H. W. Herridge (Kootenay West):
Mr. Speaker, in the few minutes I had at my disposal last evening I read one or two extracts from Hansard in an effort to indicate the opinions of certain members of the government with respect to the value of price controls, subsidies and rationing under what we would term abnormal and emergency circumstances and conditions. Before proceeding, I just want to read one more extract
as further proof and thus further substantiate our continuing argument in connection with this most important question.
The hon. member for Winnipeg North Centre (Mr. Knowles) has been greatly interested in this question since the period of decontrol commenced in 1946. He placed a question on the order paper of February 25, 1947. I will read the question. It is as follows:
February 25-Mr. Knowles-Order of the house- For a return showing (a) the total cost of the government's price control program during the entire period thereof since the outbreak of world war II, together with a break-down of said total in such a manner as may be readily available, and (b) the amount saved by Canadian consumers as a result of this program, together with a break-down of this figure and an indication as to the basis used in computing the same.
For a considerable period, the hon. member did not receive a reply to that question on the order paper. From time to time he asked for information in the house as to when the question would be answered, and he persistently pressed Mr. Ilsley, then minister of finance, for a statement in connection with the question which had been on the order paper for so long, until finally Mr. Ilsley made in the house one of the most interesting statements that had ever been made by a minister of finance on such an important question. I wish to read briefly from the statement made by Mr. Ilsley on April 1, 1947, as reported at pages 1926 and 1927 of Hansard:
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