May 30, 1941 (19th Parliament, 2nd Session)


Angus MacInnis

Co-operative Commonwealth Federation (C.C.F.)


Yes. But I wonder
whether they realize how much restriction on trade has had to do with the bringing on of the present war. If we are to have lasting peace in the future we shall have to concern ourselves with freedom of trade as well as with military matters. But this seems to be the philosophy of my hon. friends: we are to assist the British empire-in this instance, Great Britain-with all our might to win a military victory over Germany, and as soon as that victory is achieved we are to go back to the old system of trade wars, even as between the various parts of the British empire. Now, if, as is on everybody's tongue, We are to play a constructive part in the building of a "new world", we shall have to give up these old-fashioned ideas and be prepared to look much farther ahead than was evidenced, say, in the trade agreements of 1932.

I have before me a quotation from the London Times. No one can accuse that journal of radicalism, but I fear that in its progressiveness it is considerably ahead of my hon. friends on the right. In a recent editorial it says:
It has become a truism to say that we cannot put the European house in order unless we put our own house in order, too. . . . Not all the demands of war economy, which have already revolutionized many of our ways of life and thought, will come to an end at the moment when the cease-fire is sounded.

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