November 7, 1941 (19th Parliament, 2nd Session)

NAT

Richard Burpee Hanson (Leader of the Official Opposition)

National Government

Mr. HANSON (York-Sunbury):

Before the minister leaves that, apropos of the increase of two cents to the consumer of gasoline, and the minister's previous statement that in some areas of Canada crude for the navy and war requirements and the merchant marine was the main objective, and that gasoline had become a by-product, is he able to assure the committee and the country that, with regard to the two cents a gallon which the public are now paying for gasoline, over what they were paying, and having regard to the factor that crude is in some important centres the main requirement, the Canadian public is not being asked to assume an undue burden? How about the distribution of the increased cost as between gasoline and crude? Is it all being passed on to the Canadian consumer? If the minister had an audit, as he said, it would be some reassurance to the Canadian public that they were not being asked to bear an undue proportion of the increase in the price of gasoline. I do not know anything about it, but I am looking for light and I think the minister should give the public these figures in the form of an auditor's certificate. Has the price of crude to the navy and the merchant marine and the government of Canada, whoever is the purchaser, been kept stationary, or has that had a relative increase also? Only part of the story has been told. I have no attack to make on anyone. I think the minister has answered the charge of the Joy Oil company perhaps fully, but I think the whole story of the increase of two cents in the price of gasoline to the ordinaiy consumer has not yet been told.

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