February 3, 1938 (18th Parliament, 3rd Session)


Hugh Alexander Stewart

Conservative (1867-1942)

Hon. H. A. STEWART (Leeds):

Mr. Speaker, we have entered upon the third session of this parliament, and we are now considering the motion for an address in reply to the speech from the throne. The first session was devoted largely to repealing legislation passed by the former government. There was an apparent disposition to destroy the legislation which the previous government believed was in the interests of the people. The second session went by without any really constructive legislation being enacted. In this, the third session of the eighteenth parliament, the people of Canada are looking forward to legislation calculated to deal with the more pressing problems that confront the country.
We looked for some indication of this in the speech from the throne. One or two matters were mentioned, such as the economic recovery, the condition of trade, and the strains and stresses which have been placed upon Canada's government structure, the latter being dealt with under the heading of the appointment of a royal commission. I think it is not unfair to say that the speech from the throne is disappointing in that it does not contain more in the direction I have indicated. It is really a pale, ^ pallid, anaemic imitation of what we had a right to expect at this time.
Reference is made in the speech to the imperial conference recently held in London. That conference had an extensive agenda, and one would have expected that after weeks of deliberation in the conference this government might well have had something concrete and definite to present to parliament as a result. For instance, in the opinion of thoughtful people, and those in this house I believe belong to that class, I think the time has arrived when there should be submitted to parliament a well-considered scheme of immigration. I know that at the present time this subject is a difficult one, but for

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the ultimate development of Canada there is undoubtedly need of a substantial increase in our population.

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