Many of them become selfsupporting at the conclusion of the four years of assistance. Of course much depends upon the quality of the land on which they are settled; even more depends upon the quality of the settler himself. I have visited some of the districts where these families have been settled, some in Ontario north of Cochrane, some in New Brunswick, some in Manitoba,
Unemployment and Agricultural Distress
and it is interesting to see how neighbouring farms present a striking contrast. The explanation nine times out of ten is not the quality of the land but the quality of the individual. One settler had some training in agriculture and was ready to work; another was apparently quite willing to take the subsistence allowance during the four years and then go on relief. I am not saying that in any way as an indictment of the policy in general, but my experience has been that a great deal depends upon the selection of individuals.
Subtopic: UNEMPLOYMENT AND AGRICULTURAL DISTRESS- UNDERTAKINGS IN GENERAL INTEREST AND FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE TO PROVINCES