Mr. H. E. WILTON (Hamilton West):
Mr. Speaker, I would like to ask the Minister of Labour (Mr. Rogers) if the federal fifteen per cent cut in relief grants to the provincial governments, passed on to the municipalities, applies only to the month of April, or is it made as a permanent cut? If so, is there any possibility of the cut being restored in view of the many protests made against it?
Hon. NORMAN McL. ROGERS (Minister of Labour): Mr. Speaker, the fifteen per cent cut applies for the month of April inasmuch as it was indicated to us by the provinces that it was desirable that they should be advised as soon as possible of the policy which would be followed by the dominion government in relation to grants in aid during the coming months. There has been no assurance given as to the continuance of the present grants, its restoration or its further reduction. That matter is receiving consideration.