June 9, 1922 (14th Parliament, 1st Session)

PRO

John Morrison

Progressive

Mr. MORRISON:

I am not an expert on freight rates, but I have quoted a sworn statement, and the House can consider it and do as thay wish about it. It is quite evident the manufacturer has been getting the preference in this matter. Now, Sir, there must be a maximum reduction in freight rates in order to get things going properly. People have not been going to the farms and remaining there. We have an immigration problem on our hands, and we are wondering where we will get suitable men to put
on the land. We can get lots of men to go into the towns, but we must make conditions a little better on the farm. If we are not holding the men with experience on the farm, whac is the use of spending money to get more inexperienced men? Let us make the farms more livable for the returned men, and the settlers, that are there doing their utmost. I submit, if we make conditions for the basic industries attractive, the manufacturers will prosper. And we farmers want them to prosper; we have nothing against them. Some hon. members, while speaking, get pretty hot against the Agrarian group, because the members of that group express opinions which are contrary to their own opinions, but we like to present our case. If the truth is not good enough, there is something wrong. An hon. member state! last night that twenty-five boot and shoe firms had gone broke lately. I wonder if they were getting too much protection, or net enough. I am wearing a pair of shoes that cost me $11 or $12. During the last year the best I could get for a calf skin or a cow hide was from 50 cents to $1. The Labour people say they are not getting very much out of it. Where is the nigger? I have a suit of clothes which I bought from one of the biggest tailors in Toronto and which cost me $50. I have a couple of hundred sheep and was selling wool last year. At the price I sold that wool, I did not get $1 for the wool it took to make this suit of clothes. An hon. gentleman quoted prices of cloth the other day, and showed that it took $7 for enough cloth to make a suit of clothes. Now, labour may be getting a good big profit, but capital is not absorbing all the balance. Somebody is not working. Honest labour is not getting it. I do not know where it is going. These are matters which should be investigated. People cannot buy. We want the goods, but we cannot buy them. We cannot exchange our wheat for the commodities that the other fellow produces. Here is a gem. I read in a Conservative paper this week that the leader of the Progressives lacks the qualities of iron and rutblessness, essential to political leadership

Topic:   THE BUDGET
Subtopic:   CONTINUATION OF THE DEBATE ON THE ANNUAL FINANCIAL STATEMENT OF THE MINISTER OF FINANCE
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