Mrs. Ann Shipley (Timiskaming):
First, Mr. Speaker, I want to thank the hon. member for Cape Breton South for his kind words about me and his concern for my people and others in like circumstances. I have been listening to this debate all afternoon, and I kept reading the resolution over and over again. It appeared as though the interpretation put upon the resolution by some of the speakers was that it concerned the maritimes alone. Well, the mover of the resolution did not speak in that vein, nor do I think the wording of the resolution would lead one to believe that is so. It is a general resolution stating that:
-the government should give consideration to the advisability of providing for the economic rehabilitation of people living in communities and areas in Canada where extreme hardships are resulting from the closing down of the principle industries-
In no way, Mr. Speaker, do I want to belittle any claim the maritimes feel they have on the nation. They have my keen sympathy. But on the other hand I object now, as I have objected in the past, to members of the opposition giving the impression to the people of Canada that anything that besets them becomes the responsibility of the federal government. I come from a mining area in the northern part of Ontario. We have faced almost ghost towns, but fortunately by our own grit and initiative, with no help from anyone, we have been able to pull through. It was luck, chiefly, if I must be honest.
But here we are a part of this great province of Ontario. The municipalities located near the mining industries are set up under the jurisdiction of the laws of the province of Ontario. The loans that are made by the municipality itself are controlled by the Ontario municipal board. The extent to which that municipality develops is controlled entirely by the provincial government. In the course of time almost any mine will peter out, and the mover of this resolution specifically referred to wasting resources. Am I to believe from this resolution that the moment the assets of a mine become exhausted the responsibility for the people of that community, in a wealthy province like Ontario, should immediately become the responsibility of the federal government? I would say no.
Subtopic: REQUEST FOR PROVISION OF ALTERNATIVE EMPLOYMENT WHEN PRINCIPAL INDUSTRIES CLOSE