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

CCF

James Shaver Woodsworth

Co-operative Commonwealth Federation (C.C.F.)

Mr. WOODSWORTH:

What I want the minister to understand is that to-day the situation has become almost impossible, and that nothing he has mentioned this afternoon or this evening as far as I can recall would give us the faintest glimmer of hope that this government is going to assist in that situation. That is what I want to bring out. Further I ask what the unemployed are to do under those circumstances. Are they to starve? Are we to wait until there are riots? That has happened in some cases in the past. Let no one say here that I am advocating riots, but I do urge that sometimes the dominion government has waited until riots occurred before it paid sufficient attention to the situation which existed.

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