April 19, 1932 (17th Parliament, 3rd Session)

CON

Joseph Léonard Duguay

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. DUGUAY (Translation):

I say that this industrial expansion led the government to try a new tack, to preach a new intensive policy; and that brings me to the subject of colonization. In Lake St. John county, from June to August, 400 new settler families had to be established. I simply call such a policy "electioneering colonization." Several members-I mention no names-have skilfully defended on the floor of the house, this colonization program in my district; but their attitude has not been justified by results. I visited several townships in my riding, and I tell these members that they have no right tc uphold any such colonization policy, the chief result of which has been to enrich the big lumber merchants. The settlers were set up in magnificent houses; and this colonization policy afforded to friends of the provincial

administration an opportunity to reap exorbitant profits. I am not opposed to colonization-quite the contrary-but the farmer who for some reason or other must abandon his farm, or the individual living in a small industrial town, should be able to settle on a farm where a proper income is assured.
On the first of November last year, 1931, several prominent citizens of my constituency held a meeting at Roberval and signed a petition asking the federal government not to advance one cent for settlement purposes in the county of Lake St. John, until a serious investigation had been held; and to ensure that the money be spent for a better purpose.
Besides this matter of colonization, Mr. Speaker, we must speak of our farmers. They comprise three-quarters of the population of Lake St. John county. I will take the liberty of reading to the house a letter sent me by the Mayor of St. Gedeon.

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