March 15, 1926 (15th Parliament, 1st Session)


James Shaver Woodsworth



Some hon. gentle-; men seem to think that we -must act in a haphazard way that defies all theory. To me, however, it seems that good practice must be founded on sound theory. No one will doubt that if we find markets for Canadian made goods we must receive goods in return.
The further question then confronts us as to how we shall determine what a basic wage really is, and w-hat efforts have been made in other countries along this line. I have in my hand a copy of the United States Department of Labour Statistics containing a "tentative quantity and cost budget necessary to maintain a family of five." There is a very interesting study made here by experts as to how this ought to be made up, and I should like to read just a few paragraphs as they may indicate the line along which the experts are working. I quote as follows:

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