March 2, 1948

PC

Edmund Davie Fulton

Progressive Conservative

Mr. FULTON:

The hon. member makes only one speech a year, so he can memorize it. He does not have to read it.

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Topic:   QUESTIONS AFFECTING MEMBERS' TRANSPORTATION -WIVES AND DEPENDENT MEMBERS OF FAMILIES
Subtopic:   TABLE SHOWING AGE DISTRIBUTION OF THE POTENTIAL LABOUR FORCE 15-04 YEARS BY REGION, 1941-1971
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LIB

James Horace King (Speaker of the Senate)

Liberal

Mr. SPEAKER:

Order, I would ask the hon. member for Fraser Valley (Mr. Cruick-shank) to abide by the rules of the house. The hon. member who has the floor must not be interrupted without his consent.

Topic:   QUESTIONS AFFECTING MEMBERS' TRANSPORTATION -WIVES AND DEPENDENT MEMBERS OF FAMILIES
Subtopic:   TABLE SHOWING AGE DISTRIBUTION OF THE POTENTIAL LABOUR FORCE 15-04 YEARS BY REGION, 1941-1971
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LIB

George Alexander Cruickshank

Liberal

Mr. CRUICKSHANK:

Very well.

Topic:   QUESTIONS AFFECTING MEMBERS' TRANSPORTATION -WIVES AND DEPENDENT MEMBERS OF FAMILIES
Subtopic:   TABLE SHOWING AGE DISTRIBUTION OF THE POTENTIAL LABOUR FORCE 15-04 YEARS BY REGION, 1941-1971
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BPC

René Hamel

Bloc populaire canadien

Mr. HAMEL:

As I was saying, Mr. Speaker . . .

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Topic:   QUESTIONS AFFECTING MEMBERS' TRANSPORTATION -WIVES AND DEPENDENT MEMBERS OF FAMILIES
Subtopic:   TABLE SHOWING AGE DISTRIBUTION OF THE POTENTIAL LABOUR FORCE 15-04 YEARS BY REGION, 1941-1971
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LIB

James Horace King (Speaker of the Senate)

Liberal

Mr. SPEAKER:

Order. I would call the attention of hon. members to the fact that one of the duties of the Speaker is to protect freedom of speech in this house. I would ask hon. members to listen to the hon. member who actually has the floor. If anyone wishes to ask a question of that hon. member, he should rise in his place and ask for permission to do so.

Topic:   QUESTIONS AFFECTING MEMBERS' TRANSPORTATION -WIVES AND DEPENDENT MEMBERS OF FAMILIES
Subtopic:   TABLE SHOWING AGE DISTRIBUTION OF THE POTENTIAL LABOUR FORCE 15-04 YEARS BY REGION, 1941-1971
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BPC

René Hamel

Bloc populaire canadien

Mr. HAMEL:

I thank you very much, Mr. Speaker, for your kindness.

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The Address-Mr. Hamel

(Translation):

As I was saying, compared to the rest of the countries in the British commonwealth, Canada has been playing the role of a cat's-paw. Here is how I intend to prove my statement.

(a) Our financial effort in the last war was close to four times as large as that of Australia, New Zealand and the Union of South Africa combined. In fact, according to the World Almanac for 1947, page 523, the war budgets of Australia, New Zealand, the Union of South Africa combined amounted to $4,620 million while Canada alone spent $15,580 million. On a population basis, the financial effort shows an even, greater difference. Australia, New Zealand and the Union of South Africa spent $226 per capita while Canada gave $1,354 per capita.

Comparing our losses in human life with those of South Africa, whose population is about the same as ours, we find that we suffered 92,493 casualties against 23,044 by the latter dominion.

Topic:   QUESTIONS AFFECTING MEMBERS' TRANSPORTATION -WIVES AND DEPENDENT MEMBERS OF FAMILIES
Subtopic:   TABLE SHOWING AGE DISTRIBUTION OF THE POTENTIAL LABOUR FORCE 15-04 YEARS BY REGION, 1941-1971
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LIB

Hugues Lapointe (Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of National Defence)

Liberal

Mr. LAPOINTE:

May I ask the hon. member where he obtained these figures? If you refer to official data, you will find that our losses in human life totalled 30,000 and not 90,000.

Topic:   QUESTIONS AFFECTING MEMBERS' TRANSPORTATION -WIVES AND DEPENDENT MEMBERS OF FAMILIES
Subtopic:   TABLE SHOWING AGE DISTRIBUTION OF THE POTENTIAL LABOUR FORCE 15-04 YEARS BY REGION, 1941-1971
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BPC

René Hamel

Bloc populaire canadien

Mr. HAMEL:

I may inform the hon. member for Lotbiniere (Mr. Lapointe) that those figures are drawn from what I consider to be i reliable source, the World Almanac for 1947.

Topic:   QUESTIONS AFFECTING MEMBERS' TRANSPORTATION -WIVES AND DEPENDENT MEMBERS OF FAMILIES
Subtopic:   TABLE SHOWING AGE DISTRIBUTION OF THE POTENTIAL LABOUR FORCE 15-04 YEARS BY REGION, 1941-1971
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LIB

Hugues Lapointe (Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of National Defence)

Liberal

Mr. LAPOINTE:

I believe the figures quoted include not only the dead but also the wounded.

Topic:   QUESTIONS AFFECTING MEMBERS' TRANSPORTATION -WIVES AND DEPENDENT MEMBERS OF FAMILIES
Subtopic:   TABLE SHOWING AGE DISTRIBUTION OF THE POTENTIAL LABOUR FORCE 15-04 YEARS BY REGION, 1941-1971
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BPC

René Hamel

Bloc populaire canadien

Mr. HAMEL:

The figures I am giving for Canada cover exactly what is represented by the figures for South Africa. The same basis of comparison is used.

Topic:   QUESTIONS AFFECTING MEMBERS' TRANSPORTATION -WIVES AND DEPENDENT MEMBERS OF FAMILIES
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LIB

James Horace King (Speaker of the Senate)

Liberal

Mr. SPEAKER:

Order.

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Topic:   QUESTIONS AFFECTING MEMBERS' TRANSPORTATION -WIVES AND DEPENDENT MEMBERS OF FAMILIES
Subtopic:   TABLE SHOWING AGE DISTRIBUTION OF THE POTENTIAL LABOUR FORCE 15-04 YEARS BY REGION, 1941-1971
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BPC

René Hamel

Bloc populaire canadien

Mr. HAMEL:

I thank you very much, Mr. Speaker.

(Translation):

I would not have dwelt on those sad memories if the government of my country was not continuing to squeeze the Canadian ratepayers for the benefit of Great Britain.

From the end of hostilities in 1945 to this date, according to a Canadian Press dispatch published by /.a Presse of Montreal on May 13, 1947, the joint contribution of three dominions, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa, for the recovery of the United King-

dom, adds up to about $125 million. As regards Canada, if the loan of $1,250 million is added to outright gifts, her contribution to the recovery of Great Britain is nearly twenty times greater than the joint contribution of the three other dominions, whereas Canada's population represents only about 55 or 60 per cent of the population of the three other dominions put together. Our per capita contribution towards the recovery of Great Britain is 33 times greater than that of the other dominions.

Topic:   QUESTIONS AFFECTING MEMBERS' TRANSPORTATION -WIVES AND DEPENDENT MEMBERS OF FAMILIES
Subtopic:   TABLE SHOWING AGE DISTRIBUTION OF THE POTENTIAL LABOUR FORCE 15-04 YEARS BY REGION, 1941-1971
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IND

Paul-Edmond Gagnon

Independent

Mr. GAGNON:

Shame!

Topic:   QUESTIONS AFFECTING MEMBERS' TRANSPORTATION -WIVES AND DEPENDENT MEMBERS OF FAMILIES
Subtopic:   TABLE SHOWING AGE DISTRIBUTION OF THE POTENTIAL LABOUR FORCE 15-04 YEARS BY REGION, 1941-1971
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BPC

René Hamel

Bloc populaire canadien

Mr. HAMEL:

I believe, Mr. Speaker, that if an individual had managed his property the way the government has done for ten years, he would be prosecuted before the courts and laid under an interdict perhaps not for madness but surely for lavishness.

Topic:   QUESTIONS AFFECTING MEMBERS' TRANSPORTATION -WIVES AND DEPENDENT MEMBERS OF FAMILIES
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IND

Paul-Edmond Gagnon

Independent

Mr. GAGNON:

For madness, to be sure!

Topic:   QUESTIONS AFFECTING MEMBERS' TRANSPORTATION -WIVES AND DEPENDENT MEMBERS OF FAMILIES
Subtopic:   TABLE SHOWING AGE DISTRIBUTION OF THE POTENTIAL LABOUR FORCE 15-04 YEARS BY REGION, 1941-1971
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BPC

René Hamel

Bloc populaire canadien

Mr. HAMEL:

Mr. Speaker, we do not agree as to what the term motherland means. In my humble opinion, this is the first cause of our dissensions.

The second cause lies in the fact that we give a different interpretation to the internal constitution of our country. The spirit of confederation is to make out of Canada a bilingual country.

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Topic:   QUESTIONS AFFECTING MEMBERS' TRANSPORTATION -WIVES AND DEPENDENT MEMBERS OF FAMILIES
Subtopic:   TABLE SHOWING AGE DISTRIBUTION OF THE POTENTIAL LABOUR FORCE 15-04 YEARS BY REGION, 1941-1971
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LIB

George Alexander Cruickshank

Liberal

Mr. CRUICKSHANK:

May I ask, not being familiar with the situation, what the hon. member is reading from?

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Topic:   QUESTIONS AFFECTING MEMBERS' TRANSPORTATION -WIVES AND DEPENDENT MEMBERS OF FAMILIES
Subtopic:   TABLE SHOWING AGE DISTRIBUTION OF THE POTENTIAL LABOUR FORCE 15-04 YEARS BY REGION, 1941-1971
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CCF

Wilbert Ross Thatcher

Co-operative Commonwealth Federation (C.C.F.)

Mr. THATCHER:

Sit down, you are talking too much! .

Topic:   QUESTIONS AFFECTING MEMBERS' TRANSPORTATION -WIVES AND DEPENDENT MEMBERS OF FAMILIES
Subtopic:   TABLE SHOWING AGE DISTRIBUTION OF THE POTENTIAL LABOUR FORCE 15-04 YEARS BY REGION, 1941-1971
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PC

Edmund Davie Fulton

Progressive Conservative

Mr. FULTON:

And you talk too loudly!

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Topic:   QUESTIONS AFFECTING MEMBERS' TRANSPORTATION -WIVES AND DEPENDENT MEMBERS OF FAMILIES
Subtopic:   TABLE SHOWING AGE DISTRIBUTION OF THE POTENTIAL LABOUR FORCE 15-04 YEARS BY REGION, 1941-1971
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Some hon. MEMBERS:

Sit down!

Topic:   QUESTIONS AFFECTING MEMBERS' TRANSPORTATION -WIVES AND DEPENDENT MEMBERS OF FAMILIES
Subtopic:   TABLE SHOWING AGE DISTRIBUTION OF THE POTENTIAL LABOUR FORCE 15-04 YEARS BY REGION, 1941-1971
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March 2, 1948