Members opposite are only practising selfdeception when they talk, now, about an English backlash or find some other excuse. The real test of the Speech from the Throne will lie in the answer to this question: what realistic measures will the government take to reach some of the admirable goals it has outlined. Two policy areas are designated to receive major concern. The first has to do with economic policy and the second with social policy. I shall deal with economic policy briefly. The first of these declared intentions is to expand job opportunities. We welcome these measures but I believe it can be said that some of them are too late, and also that they are too little.
The minister said we will not have the final decision in respect of approving many of the projects under the Local Initiatives Program until January 19. How much time will that give those who are sponsoring these programs to provide for jobs? The program of winter works to assist provinces and municipalities was announced the middle of December. The premiers asked for that program as far back as August and the Mayors and Municipalities Association asked for it last June. Any premier or mayor of a city will tell you that if they are to have any work and wages program for sewage disposal plants or do any kind of public works they will need several months in which to prepare their plans, call for tenders and allot contracts. The program is not only late, it is too little. The Local Initiatives Program involves $165 million, but the minister says the number of applications would cost $400 million. This means that more than half of the projects will have to be thrown out. The winter works program, which is part loan and part grant is to be $350 million spread over three winters. Only about $60 million to $70 million will be
available for this winter. For the province of British Columbia the allocation for the three year period is $37.3 million. Vancouver Island alone would need $37.3 million if it is going to have over three winters an adequate working wages plan that will put people to work. It is not that there is a lack of work. When you think of the millions we are spending in handouts to corporations and think, on the other hand that there are very large cities in Canada which are putting inadequately treated human sewage into rivers, lakes and coastal waters and the price we will have to pay to clean up this pollution in the future, there should be no difficulty in finding projects and no difficulty in finding the necessary money to put these projects into effect.
The second program the government discusses is that it is going to promote stable economic growth.
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