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

LIB

Norman McLeod Rogers (Minister of Labour)

Liberal

Mr. ROGERS:

I understand that British Columbia did not accept the scheme. Presumably it was not accepted because in the view of the British Columbia government the provisions of assistance as offered did not seem to have the same appeal there. In addition, the Department of Fisheries, through stimulus to marketing, has helped improve the condition of the fishing industry. Under those
policies there has been a steady and substantial increase in the value of the exports of fish. I shall give just a few rough figures of the value of exports:
1935 1936 1937
Fresh and frozen
halibut $231,000 $418,000 $454,000
Fresh and frozen
salmon
466,000 707,000 548,000Whale oil
98,000 127,000 148,000
In these several references to the expansion of trade and of industrial activity in certain directions under the policies of this administration I have indicated a substantial enlargement of opportunity for employment. I now propose to give the committee-and with this I shall conclude-a statement, based upon registration, of the unemployment condition in Canada at the present time. I give first, the figures for January, from the registration branch, the registration which was set up by the national employment commission, but which will be continued now in connection with the Department of Labour.

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