May 8, 1936 (18th Parliament, 1st Session)


Richard Bedford Bennett (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Conservative (1867-1942)


I think it might be well if the minister would take the committee into his confidence and say that he just got rid of all the employees as of March 31 in order that he might employ those of his own political faith and thereby find it possible to give some realization to the insistent demands of his supporters that provision should be made for them. I had occasion the other day to give the minister some evidence in that connection. Notices were sent out, but on inquiry it would seem that the pressure was too insistent, and the notice had to be made effective at an earlier date than was expected; the poor unfortunates had to leave employment in order that those who had voted right in October last might find employment. If the minister makes that frank statement to the committee I am sure it will be appreciated, because it happens to be in accordance with the facts.

Full View