Mr. Speaker, I will be very brief. I will first say that there is no conflict in saying that you cannot create jobs and at the same time talking about looking at the work which needs to be done and doing it. In the process people become employed. I think the Member would recognize that there is no conflict between those two.
With regard to the work week, the argument being put forward by a significant number of people about the inadvisability of moving toward a shorter work week is the same argument that was put forward by basically the same people when the work week was shortened before. Although that argument has a certain appeal, it turns out in the long run not to have any real substance. If we are able to stimulate economic activity by doing a variety of things, as I suggest we will, if we are able to reduce the cost by stabilizing the interest rates and if we are able to stimulate activity in small businesses by virtue of the capital works projects, then the small business
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entrepreneur will be in a position to accept a move toward a shorter work week. As a result there will be more people in the consumer marketplace, more people buying his product and more people active in society. That will be to his long-term benefit.
I do not think anyone is suggesting that a shortening of the work week would happen overnight. We must move systematically to reduce it in a gradual way, recognizing that there can be some detrimental effects, but also recognizing that the economy can be stimulated because there is new capital flowing to those small businesses.
Subtopic: BUSINESS OF SUPPLY
Sub-subtopic: ALLOTTED DAY, S.O. 62-NON-CONFIDENCE MOTION-YOUTH EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES