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connection with this amendment. Following the remarks made by the hon. member for MacLeod (Mr. Coote), I think we can readily see that the first effect of this legislation will be a reduction in purchasing power and consequently an increase in unemployment. So that when the purchasing power in the hands of the workers is reduced the first result of this measure will be to hasten the day when they are unemployed. It may equalize itself to a degree when they begin to receive benefits, but undoubtedly, as has been pointed out already, the first result will be to increase what it aims to reduce. Then again we found during the investigation by the price spreads and mass buying committee that many of those who are employed had to receive help from the relief departments of the cities in which they lived. If something more is to be taken out of their wages by contributions under this bill that will have to be made up by the municipalities. So I do not think we are getting anywhere by this legislation as long as it remains on a basis requiring contribution from those who are already receiving far less than is necessary for a decent standard Of living.
Subtopic: MEASURE TO ESTABLISH AN UNEMPLOYMENT ANB SOCIAL INSURANCE COMMISSION