March 15, 1939 (18th Parliament, 4th Session)

CON

Denton Massey

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. MASSEY:

If the right hon. gentleman had been listening this afternoon, intently, he would have heard his minister say-as he did-that every possible step had been taken to stimulate the building industry. I wonder if he feels that that is an accurate statement. He realizes also that his minister was compelled to make the statement-not in so many words, no-to make the statement that it was lack of cooperation between the federal government and the provincial governments that was nailing down the lid of the Liberal coffin more than any other single factor, so far as the efficiency of the government was concerned-handicapped and hamstrung on every angle by the absence of cooperation.
"We have taken every step possible to stimulate the building industry."-whereas all hon. members know the difficulty or the handicap in the way of stimulation is the lack of federal cooperation with the provincial governments.
Then the minister, toward the end of his speech, said "the government has met the problem of unemployment." I repeat, "The government has met the problem of unemployment." I wonder if those hon. gentlemen coming from industrial areas are prepared to go back to those areas, to meet the man on the street who is still unemployed or the youth who has yet to find his first job, and say, "Cheer up, old boy; all is well. The government has met the problem of unemployment. The Minister of Labour told me so."

Topic:   UNEMPLOYMENT RELIEF
Subtopic:   UNEMPLOYMENT AND AGRICULTURAL DISTRESS- UNDERTAKINGS IN GENERAL INTEREST AND FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE TO PROVINCES
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