Hon. ROBERT ROGERS (South Winnipeg) :
Before the orders of the day are called I would like to direct the attention of the government to a matter of urgent public importance, as set out in a resolution passed by the city council of the city of Winnipeg reading as follows:
Whereas it has been necessary for the city of Winnipeg to assist a large number of its residents, destitute due to unemployment during the last three winters, and to give similar relief during the present winter, in which action it has been and is being assisted by the government of the province of Manitoba;
And whereas such destitute persons have found themselves in this condition due to unemployment through national problems beyond power of local control or correction, some of which causes are summarized as follows :
1. Winnipeg, due to its geographical situation, is the focal point to which the unemployed of western Canada are attracted.
2. Coming to Wmn'peg of ex-service men who have been settled on farms by the Soldiers' Settlement Board which they have found necessary to abandon.
3. Persons settling in Winnipeg who w'ere brought to Canada through the activities of the federal, government for agricultural purposes, but who proved unfit for farm life.
4. Ex-service men, engaged in farming before the war, who became so unsettled by army life that they did not return to agricultural pursuits after demobilization ;
For the foregoing and other reasons these persons should be considered as "Dominion citizens at large" and the re-establishing of them should be considered as a federal problem and the cost of their maintenance a federal government charge.
And whereas conventions have been held at Ottawa in 1922 and again in 1924, at the invitation of the federal government, which conventions unanimously adopted resolutions agreeing that unemployment relief expenditure should be met in part by the federal government;
Be it therefore resolved:
That the city council of the city of Winnipeg, hereby requests the federal government to assist the city of Winnipeg in dealing with unemployment relief during the present winter by agreeing to bear a percentage of the cost, and further to appoint a federal government representative or, representatives to review the expenditure incurred by the city of Winnipeg during the three winters just passed, with a view to arriving, on an equitable basis, at the amount of the expenditures the federal government will reimburse the city for.
And that a copy of this resolution be forwarded to the federal government, members of parliament for the city of Winnipeg, the leader of the opposition of the House of Commons, and the leader of the Pro-giessive party of the House of Commons, respectfully urging compliance with this request.
And that a copy of this resolution be forwarded to the legislative assembly of the province of Manitoba.
Subtopic: RESOLUTION OF WINNIPEG CITY COUNCIL