The Budget-Mr. Poole
heritage. Maybe the hon. member has, but there are thousands who have not yet had it. I have in mind the ex-sendee men of Canada, the unemployed of this dominion. I wonder whether they have got their cultural inheritance. I do not think so; I do not think they have been considered very well. I recognize, of course, that as fixed charges increase the ability to give them any kind of inheritance which would be beneficial to them will decrease. On the other hand, I believe the only heritage the old line parties will ever leave to the dominion, if they do not change the monetary system, will be one of debt and mortgages. When we borrow $75,000,000, when we launch into public works schemes, for the purpose of giving bread and butter, we are looking for something to drop from the sky to help us out of the mess we are in "o that we may remain politically secure, and twenty years hence it will be just another mortgage, another one of these fixed charges.
What I want the government to tell this group in this sectioq. of the house is this: In view of the fact that we have had a favourable balance of trade during the depression years, in other words, sold more than we purchased; in view of the fact that we have goods here, and in view of the fact that all the evidence which is required exists, showing that there is a downward trend in the standard of living and an increase in our national and all other debts, I wonder whether they could tell us, when they talk of putting men to work under the conditions that prevail, how they expect to do this and at the same time to reduce the national debt. There have been two Liberal members who have the idea, the hon. member for Rosthern (Mr. Tucker) and the hon. member for Vaneouver-Burrard (Mr. McGeer). They are the monetary reformers. They know that the axis upon which this economic system turns is money. They know that the monopoly which controls it controls this government. It controls the ability of this government to collect taxes.