November 24, 1949 (21st Parliament, 1st Session)


Clarence Gillis

Co-operative Commonwealth Federation (C.C.F.)

Mr. Gillis:

I should be glad to get one. This is a terrific increase. We are not objecting to it if the minister can justify it; but he has certainly not justified it to date. I know that he is not supposed to have the answers. I do not expect him to have them. But I expect his officials who are in front of him to have the answers. In 1946, 1947 and 1948 we were bringing in to this country about the same number of immigrants as we brought in last year. I think the quota stands at about 120,000 a year. If each year up to 1949 the expenditure of that department was $8,000, why the jump to $88,000 in 1949? The minister also states that there is an item of $5,000 for radio broadcasting. I think that is quite high for that department, which is a fairly small one. An expenditure of ihat kind, without any details given, is in my opinion certainly not in order. The officials of that department should have the answers. How many of these books were sent out? I am not satisfied. I am absolutely unsatisfied
[Mr. Knowles.1
with that answer. There is something the matter with somebody when you cannot get more details than that.

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