April 4, 1938 (18th Parliament, 3rd Session)

LIB

Norman McLeod Rogers (Minister of Labour)

Liberal

Mr. ROGERS:

-I am at least bound to say that some of his policies indicated that so far as he was concerned he put his faith in economic nationalism and in the building up in this country of what might be termed a self-contained industrial structure. But this government has never adopted a defeatist attitude in matters of trade. We realized that great changes had come over the world in recent years, and that the result of the depression had been, so to speak, to cause nations to withdraw within themselves to find some delusive security behind the ramparts of high tariff walls. But we did not believe in that policy; we did not believe that such a trend was inevitable or permanent, and soon after we came into office we gave an earnest of our refusal to accept that theory. We obtained a reciprocity agreement with the United States under which a remarkable stimulus has been given to the great primary industries of this dominion. I shall give shortly some of the results which have been obtained under that reciprocity agreement.

Topic:   UNEMPLOYMENT RELIEF
Subtopic:   MEASURE FOR ALLEVIATION OF UNEMPLOYMENT AND AGRICULTURAL DISTRESS
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