Mr. FRANK BO YES (East Middlesex):
I take this opportunity of congratulating the Minister of Finance (Mr. Rhodes) on the excellent budget which he has presented to this house, a budget which will be favourably received throughout the dominion. I have the honour of representing a riding located in the western part of Ontario and known as East Middlesex. The population of the riding is partly rural and partly urban, and I consider it my duty to speak on behalf of all classes of people in that community. This duty has been comparatively easy in view of the fact that the Prime Minister (Mr. Bennett) and the government have been thoughtful of both classes. I want to take this opportunity to thank the government for the erection of a new federal building in the city of London, something that has been needed for a great many years. It will assist materially in the relief of unemployment. I thank the government and the Canadian National Railways for the erection of a new station at London. This also was very much needed and it will assist in relieving unemployment in that city. I thank the government also for having complied with the request I made for extensive repairs to Westminster hospital. The work has been done and has relieved the unemployment situation to some extent. I am of opinion however that further repairs should be made to this hospital, and if this were done it would also tend to relieve unemployment.
I have great sympathy for the man who goes to work carrying his dinner pail but I have greater sympathy for the man who is
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unemployed, and I wish to thank this government for the legislation it has enacted for the relief of unemployment. In 1930, shortly after this government came into power, a session of parliament was called and the sum of $20,000,000 was granted to take care of the unemployment situation. Under the relief legislation of 1930 the sum of $18,140,998 was spent. Under the relief act of 1931 the expenditure was $42,709,418; under the relief act of 1932 it was $25,887,992; under the relief act of 1933 it was $30,678,381; under the relief act of 1934 it was $42,519,758. This made a total of $159,936,548.74. This is a very admirable record when you consider that the former government had intimated through its Prime Minister that not even five cents would be spent for the relief of unemployment.
I am sure that the man who goes to work in the morning carrying his dinner pail or the fellow who is unemployed will be thankful indeed for the assistance which this government has granted to enable him to keep himself.
As regards the dominion contributions to the province of Ontario for relief, I wish to place on Hansard the amounts which have been granted for that purpose. The statement has been made by a good many people and has been broadcast throughout the country that the dominion is not granting relief to Ontario. The figures which I am going to give will disprove this statement. Under the relief legislation of 1930 the amount spent in Ontario was $5,292,180; under the relief act of 1931 it was $12,537,932; under the relief act of 1932 it was $8,117,562; under the relief act of 1933 it was $12,192,429; under the relief act of 1934 it was $15,990,950, or a total of $54,131,055.78. This is the sum which has been spent in Ontario since this government came into power, and I have no hesitation in saying, judging from the remarks made by the former prime minister, that had his party been returned to power not one dollar would have been spent for the purpose.
Coming nearer home, I want to show the amounts granted in the municipalities included in the riding I represent and also London. In the year 1930 the amount spent in the city of London was $124,772, and in the township of London, $1,000, while in the township of Westminster the expenditure was $611. In 1931 the expenditure in London was $242,596, in the township of London, $1,329, and in the township of Westminster, $1,150. In 1932 the expenditure in London was $168,861, in the township of London, $2,951, and in the township of Westminster, $3,533. In 1933 the expenditure
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in London was $232,976, in the township of London, $2,043, and in the township of Westminster, $1,977.
Topic: THE BUDGET
Subtopic: DEBATE ON THE ANNUAL FINANCIAL STATEMENT OF THE MINISTER OF FINANCE