Mr. STEWART (Edmonton):
I am afraid the hon. gentleman will not be able to wave the Union Jack this time and talk about loyalty. That had always been the recourse of a few hon. gentlemen across the floor of the house, and I think it is time it was stopped. There has never been any attempt on our part to preach sentiment, to talk about loyalty; this government on every occasion have given evidence by their works of what they believe. It makes me tired to hear gentlemen across the way talking of wrapping the flag about themselves. I have been in politics for forty years, and that is one of the things in my experience that has frequently been resorted to by hon. gentlemen across the floor. Not only that, but they have decried the loyalty of the
leader of this government and are still seeking to arouse prejudice against him. I say it is time that that sort of thing came to an end. This budget, so far as this government are concerned, is a complete answer as to where we stand in this connection with respect to the British preference.
The basic principle running throughout the changes in the budget is the transference of a large volume of imports now coming in from the United States to Great Britain, thereby short circuiting our exchange adjustments, which in the past have had to be transferred from Great Britain and the continent to the United States to pay for our excess imports from that country. Our next thought was the consumer. We sought to avoid increasing costs to him by an extension of the British preference.
I now propose to deal with some of the statements made by the hon. leader of the opposition. His first statement was that we had increased taxation and thereby added to the burdens of the Canadian people. That, to say the least, is very misleading.
Subtopic: THE BUDGET