March 11, 1932 (17th Parliament, 3rd Session)


Jean Louis Baribeau

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. J. L. BARIBEAU (Champlain) (Translation) :

Mr. Speaker, there is so much
obstruction, on the part of the opposition, to this measure aiming at amending chapter 58 of the Statutes of Canada, 1931, by striking out the word "March" in clause 8, to replace it by "May", a bill aiming at extending to May the operation of the Unemployment Relief Act, that I deem it my duty to rise and speak in favour of this resolution. I think that those opposing the bill would not feel so much at ease in discussing this measure in their respective constituencies, because the voting of this resolution introduced by the right hon. Prime Minister is anxiously sought 'by all citizens of Canada.
I am speaking on behalf of the great majority of my constituents, which I have the honour to represent, when I request the government to extend the period in which relief will be given to the unemployed. I received within the last days, a telephone message from the mayor of Grand'Mere, asking me to take the necessary steps to get the Act extended. The mayor of Grand'Mere who is highly thought of by his fellow citizens, does not share my political views. I am certain that he does not approve of the numerous speeches delivered by the representatives of his party, on this question.
I also had the occasion, in the course of last week of meeting the mayor of the town of Cap-de-la-Madeleine, and on behalf of his fellow citizens he asked me to do my very best to have the government continue the relief of the unemployed in his town.
May I, sir, point out that the towns of Grand'Mere and Cap-de-la-Madeleine are the most important centres in my county.
I also deem it my duty to state in the house that the Unemployment Relief Act has had 'beneficial results in the county of Champlain, a county particularly affected by the depression existing in the pulp and paper industries-a crisis for which no one holds the government responsible.
I shall close my remarks, sir, believing that I have done my duty in supporting a measure which is asked for by all my constituents, without party distinction. They are thankful for what the government has done to relieve the unemployed, who, for the most part, are strangers attracted to this country by the intensive immigration policy of the former regime; and if we find Canadians among these unemployed, it is because foreigners have taken from them the means of earning their living.

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