Mr. T. C. Douglas (Nanaimo-Cowichan-The Islands):
Mr. Speaker, I should like to direct a question to the Minister of Energy, Mines and Resources regarding the most recent report of the National Energy Board which indicates that if the board had followed the formula it has always used in the past, there would be no surplus of natural gas, but by means of a formula specially concocted for the occasion, it finds a surplus of 1.6 trillion cubic feet or 3.4 trillion cubic feet, depending on which premise is taken, and recommends an export of two trillion cubic feet.
In view of the fact the government has endorsed the idea of the Q and M line to the maritimes and the idea of making gas available to transfer from oil to gas in many of the industries in central Canada, can the minister assure the House and the country that no exports of natural gas will be approved until such time as it has been demonstrated that there is sufficient natural gas, first, for the Q and M line and, second, for the transfer from oil to gas in industry; and, finally, to supply the growing demands of the petrochemical industry for petroleum products?
Topic: ORAL QUESTION PERIOD
Subtopic: NATIONAL ENERGY BOARD REPORT-SURPLUS OF NATURAL GAS