Mr. DENIS (Translation):
I believe they are, but let me inform him that these figures cannot destroy our contentions when we state that the protective tariff, which was to bring ease to our farmers by making them obtain better prices for their products, has not been effective because our products are not sold any dearer. Whatever may be the tariff, it has no bearing on the production of our farms, cows, butter, cheese or eggs. All these products must be consumed and our farmers are forced to accept their market prices. Moreover, hon. gentlemen opposite have no reason to feel annoyed, if, today, we use similar tactics to those they used in 1930, when they charged the Liberal government with being negligent in administering the country's affairs. If those charges were true in 1930, how more cogent are they today, on our behalf as against them, since the country's distress is far greater than it was in 1930. When we went out of power, there were 20,000 unemployed, while today, there are 700,000, or more.
With all due deference to the hon. Postmaster General (Mr. Sauve), who always finds it possible not to state the truth, the Liberal party never denied, nor concealed the fact that unemployment prevailed in 1930. Our
opponents-I admit-referred to it more than we did, they had need to do so in order to attain their political puipose. So as not to alarm public opinion or discourage those who were out of work, we preached optimism, while our conservative opponents preached pessimism.
However, through the irony of fate, when, v-.-riay. conditions nave become much worse, hun gentlemen opposite are shocked because we do not agree with them and state: "All is for the best; conditions are improving, wait, do not lose heart, in two or five years, the agreements we have entered into with England will give excellent results." Hon. gentlemen opposite are simply jokers, and the people await the opportunity to rebuff them as they deserve. Then, our beautiful country, under a Liberal administration, will again enjoy an era of happiness and prosperity. And, as a reward for the great services rendered to the empire, the present leader of the government will be given a well padded seat in the House of Lords, in England.
On motion of Mr. Shaver the debate was adjourned.
On motion of Mr. Bennett the house adjourned at 10.58 p.m.
Wednesday, October 26, 1932
Subtopic: IMPERIAL ECONOMIC CONFERENCE