March 7, 1932 (17th Parliament, 3rd Session)

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Richard Bedford Bennett (Prime Minister; President of the Privy Council; Secretary of State for External Affairs)

Conservative (1867-1942)

Right Hon. R. B. BENNETT (Prime Minister) :

I assure the right hon. gentleman that I appreciate his observations, but the government has not overlooked the fact that it is necessary to provide money for seed and feed.
Excise Act

But it is not its direct responsibility; that rests with the provinces. Our duty is to confer with them as to their financial position and give them such assistance as we may. That will be found stated in the Unemployment and Farm Relief Act of last session. Believing as we do that a national emergency exists that demands our giving that assistance it is proposed to proceed with order No. 13 to-morrow, notice having been placed on the order paper some time before the 26th of February, but obviously the title as it now appears would be improper because the first of March has passed; but the sense of the measure proposed is to extend the provisions of the Unemployment and Farm Relief Act to the first of May, 1932, and not to proceed by way of a supply bill for reasons that I shall endeavour to explain to the house when we reach order No. 13 which I propose to take up as the first order of business to-morrow when government orders are called. I thank the right hon. gentleman for his offer of assistance so far as the dealing with this emergent situation is concerned.

Topic:   UNEMPLOYMENT AND FARM RELIEF
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