Mr. DENIS (Translation):
whether, according to the provisions of this section, the government is really in earnest when it requests parliament to sanction the expenditure of unlimited amounts for a purely political purpose.
Hon. members opposite have stated and repeated that we were on the road to prosperity. Last year, a fixed amount was voted to relieve unemployment, while, to-day, the house is requested to sanction an unlimited amount. On the eve of a general election, the government should be more scrupulous and not insist that it be granted such powers which would permit it to distribute political favours in any province it pleases.
According to the report submitted to the house, we find that the government has expended, this year, in Ontario, the sum of $7,753,625.54 and in Quebec, $2,524,402.98. I do not think that there are more unemployed in Ontario than in Quebec; however, the government has, perhaps, more political friends in Ontario. As to public works submitted for the approval of the dominion government, the department was rather reluctant in accepting those proposed by Quebec and it thought fit to curtail them. That is why, we, from Quebec, should feel more reluctant in accepting this section which is inserted in order to favour the government's friends and, thereby derive political advantages.
The other day, I crticized the government for not having acted in a regular way and carried out the distribution of funds more justly. I note that the government has not mended its ways for it still persists in re-
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questing unrestricted powers so as to expend the relief funds rightly or wrongly.
I, therefore, am opposed to this section and I think the government should be more considerate of the rights of this house and should state the amount to be appropriated for the relief of unemployment. With what experience we have had we should drop the dole system and replace it by public works which would raise the morale of workers and, thereby, enhance the public wealth of the provinces and Canada.
The government should be more considerate of the rights and prerogatives of parliament and the constitution and should only request the house to vote definite amounts. It is no excuse, because an extraordinary crisis prevails, to set aside parliamentary rights. I strongly resent these unconstitutional methods and request the government to be respectful of the rights and privileges of this house.
Topic: UNEMPLOYMENT AND FARM RELIEF
Subtopic: BILL IN TERMS GENERALLY OF RELIEF ACT, 1933, WITH PROVISION RESPECTING DELAYED RELIEF ACCOUNTS