February 18, 1936 (18th Parliament, 1st Session)


Gerald Grattan McGeer



I had not intended taking part in this debate until I heard that the only reason for the reduction of the subsidies

Supply-Trade-Mail Subsidies
to the Pacific coast services was one of economy. That kind of 'economy will not prove to be worth much to the dominion. If that is the kind of economy necessary for the purpose of balancing the budget, apparently we are going to have a balanced budget at the expense of the Canadian people, at the expense of Canadian trade expansion and at the expense of Canadian institutional services advancing with, from the Canadian government, some measure of assistance such as other national governments throughout the world are giving to similar services. Such action will not prove to be an economy; it will prove to be an effective way, not of balancing the budget, but of continuing an unfavourable balance to Canada and the suffering of losses on the part of companies and seamen.
If there is one place where we should be acting to meet intensive competition made possible by national activity, it is on the Pacific ocean. We should not forget that during the last fifty years Japan has risen from a place unknown to the position of one of the leading nations of the world. By appropriating to their own use all that has been developed in western civilization in the way of culture and education, in politics and finance, in industrial and productive activity, in commerce and diplomacy, and in war power, tlie people of Japan have risen to the first rank of the leading nations.

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