Hon. NORMAN McL. ROGERS (Minister of Labour) moved the second reading of Bill No. 105, to assist in the alleviation of unemployment and agricultural distress.
He said: Mr. Speaker, when the resolution which preceded this bill was before the house I gave a general statement covering unemployment conditions and the various measures adopted by the government during the past year to deal with those conditions. In view of that statement and the debate which followed during the greater part of the week before the Easter recess, I think it would meet the convenience of the house if I simply made a formal motion for the second reading of this bill at this time in order to advance it to the committee stage. I Shall only say in addition that this bill does not differ in any material respect from the Unemployment and Agricultural Assistance Act, 1937, which expired on March 31 of this year. It provides the authority by which the government may make expenditures, subject to parliamentary appropriation, either directly or under agreement with the provinces, for the relief of unemployment and agricultural distress.