May 22, 1934 (17th Parliament, 5th Session)

LAB

James Shaver Woodsworth

Labour

Mr. WOODSWORTH:

I wish to point out one fundamental difficulty with this kind of thing. I do not wish to discriminate between rich men and poor men. If the rich man has a right to gamble, most assuredly the poor man has the same right. But I do say that this kind of thing is being introduced in order that the poor man will be placed in the position whereby involuntarily he will be taxed, and further that a very small proportion of the taxation will go to the ostensible purposes for which the legislation is introduced.
There is the even more serious consideration, that we are diverting the minds of our people from real values in life, and emphasizing the view that it is only those who can get something for nothing who can get on in the
world. I should like to see the labouring man adopt some other means of attaining the good things of life than by taking a remote chance, and paying five cents, ten cents or a dollar for some sort of a ticket. I should like to see it possible for a man adequately to care for his family, or for anyone who may be in the hospital, without resort to any such method as this. I should like to see it possible for any man to have an automobile, if he wishes to have it, without having to place his little bit of earnings into some such scheme as this.
For those reasons I must support the amendment providing for six months' hoist.
At six o'clock the house took recess.
After Recess
The house resumed at eight o'clock.

Topic:   HOSPITAL SWEEPSTAKES
Subtopic:   BILL TO LEGALIZE LOTTERIES WHEN CONDUCTED BY PROVINCES
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