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


Percy John Rowe

Social Credit

Mr. ROWE (Athabaska):

.-that we have a suggestion to offer and we are offering it sincerely to the government, that they should study this. I am going further. I have very great pleasure in seconding the resolution which

Canada-V JS. Trade Agreement
is now on the order paper asking for the appointment of a committee, or rather, if the government so desires, of one of the standing committees, to make a similar survey of Canada's production plant. That resolution, very properly, is on the order paper in the name of the hon. member for Peace River (Mr. Pelletier), the youngest member of the house, and I think it is appropriate that the youngest member should bring it forward, because it is for the next generation more than for us.
Right on that point, I want to enlarge on the youth problem of this country. To the youthful fancy of the boys and girls coming out of our homes and schools and colleges, the future seems to lie before them like a land of dreams, so beautiful, so varied, and so new. But what have we to offer them? I say that it is within the power of the members of this parliament to see that their hopes are realized and that their dreams come true. Surely it must not be beyond the power of parliament to take cognizance of the wealth of Canada, to survey its resources, and to formulate an intelligent, rational plan for giving life and liberty and happiness to the young people of this dominion.
We have preached brotherhood for centuries. The time has now arrived when we can find a material basis for brotherhood. I think we have found that basis in this age of plenty and machine-made abundance. I believe we are actually nearing the borders of the long promised land. Mankind has wandered for thousands of 3rears in the wilderness of racial hatreds and jealousies, of fear, insecurity and mass murder. It is not too much to say that the ushering in of the age of harnessed solar energy and mankind's inventive genius, the inheritance of the accumulated knowledge and culture of the past, will mark the fulfilment of mankind's age-old quest for freedom, security and happiness. In thinking of the problems confronting this parliament and this country I am reminded of the words of the great commoner, William Jennings Bryan, when he said:
You shall not press down upon the brow of labour this crown of thorns. You shall not crucify mankind on a cross of gold.
I might add to that: You shall not crucify this generation on a cross of scarcity and artificially created poverty. It is just the same thing.

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