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

CON

Denton Massey

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. MASSEY:

He said it, word for word.
I wrote it down as he said it-"the government has met the problem of unemployment." Perhaps that would be a statement for a stump speech on the hustings; perhaps it has been thrown out in the House of Commons for some purpose or another. But what purpose does a statement like that serve for the man who is still unemployed? The government has not met the unemployment problem. If the minister thinks for a single, solitary minute that such figures as he put on Hansard this afternoon indicate in any way, shape or form that the government has met the problem of unemployment, then he is wrong. There are 978,000 dependent upon relief in this country; tens of thousands of the youth of this country wandering about, trying to find something here or there-eking out an existence. "The government has met the problem of unemployment!" I think there has been no more damnable statement made than that in this House of Commons.

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