I thank you very much, Mr. Speaker, for your kindness.
The Address-Mr. Hamel
As I was saying, compared to the rest of the countries in the British commonwealth, Canada has been playing the role of a cat's-paw. Here is how I intend to prove my statement.
(a) Our financial effort in the last war was close to four times as large as that of Australia, New Zealand and the Union of South Africa combined. In fact, according to the World Almanac for 1947, page 523, the war budgets of Australia, New Zealand, the Union of South Africa combined amounted to $4,620 million while Canada alone spent $15,580 million. On a population basis, the financial effort shows an even, greater difference. Australia, New Zealand and the Union of South Africa spent $226 per capita while Canada gave $1,354 per capita.
Comparing our losses in human life with those of South Africa, whose population is about the same as ours, we find that we suffered 92,493 casualties against 23,044 by the latter dominion.
Subtopic: TABLE SHOWING AGE DISTRIBUTION OF THE POTENTIAL LABOUR FORCE 15-04 YEARS BY REGION, 1941-1971