March 10, 1936 (18th Parliament, 1st Session)

CON

Norman James Macdonald Lockhart

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. LOCKHART:

The producers have had better prices in the last four or five years than they had prior to 1930. That is my answer to the question, and I can prove it. There are a great many implications in the terms of this agreement. What happens if our basic industries fail in any measure? The purchasing power of the producer is affected. The products of our secondary industries remain unsold. Unemployment follows. Then we have increased relief, and the urban centres come into the picture, where, we are told, fifty-two per cent of the population reside. Back come the authorities in the provinces and the mayors of the cities and towns to the doorstep of my hon. friend the Minister of Labour, wanting increased assistance to take care of the increasing population in the urban centres.

Topic:   CANADA-UNITED STATES TRADE AGREEMENT PROPOSED APPROVAL SUBJECT TO LEGISLATION MAKING PROVISIONS EFFECTIVE
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