this scheme involves a hardship even on those who are at present employed. He was quite right when he pointed out that this measure meets the needs of only a small group of workers, and meets them in only a very, very inadequate degree.
But what about those whose needs are not met at all? That is the important question before us to-day. Personally I regret that the rules of the house do not permit our having a vote on the very important question whether we should make some provision along the line of noncontributory unemployment insurance.
May I -point out the enormous losses that are now being incurred through unemployment? Again and again in this house we have had members point out the heavy cost of the strikes that have occurred from time to time and which have to a certain extent impeded industry, but, according to the census figures given by the Prime Minister on Fe-bruay 18, strikes account for only -04 per cent of lost time, illness for 5-74 per cent, temporary lay-offs for 12-56 per cent, and no jobs for 80-26 per cent.