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

CON

Denton Massey

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. MASSEY:

"If the situation in Canada is relatively better, why should we not be pleased?" Those were more of the minister's honeyed words. If the situation in Canada is relatively better than it is in any other country of the world, why should we not be pleased? The fact that we may be better oS in Canada than people in some other countries does not make the condition here as it should, or could, and must be. We are better off than they are in Czechoslovakia. We are infinitely better off than the peoples living in some of the European countries at the present time. That we well know, and we thank God for it. But that does not provide the government with an excuse or alibi for the fact that conditions are no better in Canada than they are.
"We have no ground for despair in Canada." We have no ground for despair of our country, but we have of the government. Yes, we have of the government. After all, we must perforce realize that we are faced with a situation which may not be very palatable from the point of view of those who occupy the treasury benches. But the fact remains that we have not done all we can by any manner or means to stimulate construction, or any other industry. And just because things may be relatively better in Canada does not make conditions here right. Because things are relatively better in Canada does not preclude the right of some of us in this house rising in our places and calling the attention of the government to a situation which they themselves know exists, but which they seem either unwilling or powerless to deal with. Either the government does not understand the problem or else it is unwilling to deal with it-or both.

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