June 4, 1931 (17th Parliament, 2nd Session)

LIB

Édouard Lacroix

Liberal

Mr. LACROIX:

The hon. Minister of Trade of Commerce also told us that there was as much work, to-day, in this country, as
there had been during six years of the Liberal regime, from 1921. I mingle quite a little with the working classes of Quebec and I must confess that I have never witnessed since 1914 such a sad state for the worker as that prevailing to-day. Hon. members whose counties border the United States and those of the eastern parts of Quebec will bear me out in this statement.
I am in business myself. I have sometimes employed as many as 6,500 men. At present, I employ but 700 to 800, owing to the present unfavourable conditions. May I state that since 1914, I have never paid less than $39 per month to my men, in addition to their board. To-day, we are forced to reject a large number who offer their services for 50 cents per day. Even when we reject them, they plead to be allowed to work for their board.

Topic:   THE BUDGET
Subtopic:   CONTINUATION OF DEBATE ON THE ANNUAL
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