February 4, 1937 (18th Parliament, 2nd Session)

LIB

Joseph Raoul Hurtubise

Liberal

Mr. HURTUBISE:

I shall come to that in a moment. The estimated capital expenditure of the International Nickel Company in 1936 for Canadian labour and materials was $11,000,000. The company used more than 250,000 tons of Canadian coal. I said at the beginning that this company is making a contribution to Canadian life, in furnishing employment, in buying Canadian materials and in many other ways. On the basis of present operations the company will use in a year 53,000,000 feet of Canadian lumber. This would provide steady employment for a year for a lumber camp of more than 1,000

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men. The company at present has more than 9,000 employees, which means that it is providing a livelihood for some 20,000 people in Canadian homes, and through its purchases the company provides a livelihood for an additional 20,000 people in Canada.
I hope I have been able to prove that the International Nickel Company have no connection with the manufacture of armaments. Their greatest ambition is to get away altogether from it. They cannot prevent some nickel from going for use in armaments, as will steel, copper or any other metal. But why discriminate against nickel when it can be proven that only a very sm-all percentage goes to armaments, and that is uncontrollable? Why not say as much against copper or any other metal?

Topic:   WAR MEASURES
Subtopic:   MOTION FOR CONSCRIPTION OF ALL AGENCIES AND RESOURCES FOR DURATION OF HOSTILITIES
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