One need only go to Fort McMurray to see where $1,500,000 and more has been spent by the government on a plant, but I shall deal with that later on. It is impossible for government to operate a business. At that plant they have a staff of 203, I am informed, where previously there was a staff of sixty-seven. The present staff of 203 produces fifty barrels a day, while the previous staff of sixty-seven produced from 300 to 400 barrels a day. The government cannot run business. But after the war the working man will be appealing to the Minister of Labour. He is the only minister to whom he can go. He cannot go to the Minister of Finance; he cannot go to the Minister of Justice; he cannot go to the Minister of Fisheries; he cannot go to the minister of this or that; he must appeal to the Minister of Labour.
This delegation coming here to-morrow is to represent from four to five hundred men to be laid off by the shipyards. Is the government going to tell these men where they can get jobs? This will be only a start. I really want to help the minister; I want to see him take the reins in his hands and make preparations to give jobs to men. When the men come back from the war they are not going to stand around twiddling their fingers and asking for a job, or I will be surprised if they do. They will want jobs.
I do not want the minister to adopt the attitude of other ministers and tell me that it is not his business. I am a labour man and a business man. I have had perhaps more to do with the employment of men than any other member at the moment in this house. I worked up from the bottom to the top. I have been a labour man all my life and my heart has always been for the labouring man.