January 30, 1958 (23rd Parliament, 1st Session)


Jack Wratten

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Wratten:

May I say this to the hon. member for Bonavista-Twillingate. I could tell him one or two things but I will not.
We also have another problem, Mr. Chairman. My friend the hon. member for Bonavista-Twillingate signed not too long ago an agreement under the child welfare act. If he had been as busy looking after his job then as he is now in trying to interrupt me, we might not be in the position we are right now. This is a case where an agreement was entered into with the Children's Aid Society to give the people on the reserve the benefit of children's aid. When the man from the government came around and we discussed this proposal with him, I asked him what he was going to do about the people on the reserve who were not Indians. They were very careful-and I include my friend over there-to make an agreement which provided that only band Indians would be eligible for this service. He very politely told me that the county would be responsible for those who were band Indians on these reserves. I maintain that the county should not be responsible for those who are on the reserve and who are there under lease which the minister or somebody from this department has signed.
They could not, as I understand it, lease land from the Indian reserve unless the minister or the superintendent of the Indian affairs approved the lease. I was politely told there would be no trouble about that, and that I was only anticipating it. But what happened? The first case which the children's aid had to take into its care was just such a case as I had envisaged, and the cost to the county might run as high as $20,000 or $25,000 before this family is able to take care of itself.
This is just one of the things I want to bring up whether it is in order or not. I want this to be on record so that the people will know the injustice which has been done to the county of Brant for this long period of years.

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