January 23, 1939 (18th Parliament, 4th Session)


Robert James Manion (Leader of the Official Opposition)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Hon. R. J. MANION (Leader of the Opposition):

On Friday last I asked the Minister of Labour (Mr. Rogers) a question about a number of single transient unemployed men in Toronto who were to come up for trial last Saturday. Since then I have

Arrest oj Single Unemployed Men
been informed, and I presume the minister has had the same correspondence, that these young men have been remanded for a week, in which event they will come up for trial next Saturday. As the matter is so urgent I am bringing it up again to-day. The letter I have received states that there are some five hundred single unemployed men in the category of transients in Toronto, and as the Minister of Labour is to speak in the debate to-day, if he does not wish to answer at the moment. I would ask him in his remarks later to inform the house what responsibility the dominion government takes in respect of this very serious situation in Toronto.
Hon. NORMAN McL. ROGERS (Minister of Labour): My information with regard to this matter corresponds with that just given to the house by the leader of the opposition (Mr. Manion). The commissioner of welfare of the city of Toronto, Mr. Laver, was in Ottawa on Saturday, and brought certain information to me with respect to the transient situation in that city. I have since communicated with the Hon. Eric Cross, minister of public welfare in Ontario, and hope to be able to make a further announcement within a short time.

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