May 4, 1936 (18th Parliament, 1st Session)


Donald MacLennan



In many of the towns there is a great number of young single men, now out of employment who were employed by the railways some years ago. They were laid off and they have been waiting year after year for brighter times in the hope of being reemployed on the railways. I understand that in Nova Scotia at a certain point, the terminal at Point Tupper, there are many unemployed men who worked on the railways in years gone by, and under this scheme it is the intention to send men from God knows where, from the relief camps, to work at this point, while these men who have been" waiting for years with their mouths open will get no employment at all. I do not desire to criticize any scheme which the government is strenuously putting forward to alleviate the unemployment situation, but I really do not think it is fair that men who are now out of employment should be handicapped because they refused to become a public charge, to go into the camps or to take relief. It seems to me to -be rather unfair that because of this refusal, because of their independence and possibly because of a little pride-and I wish there were a little more pride left in many people-these men are now to be penalized. They did not choose to go into detention camps, though if they had gone there they would now be eligible for employment, whereas under this scheme it would appear that they are to be penalized for not having become a public charge.

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