Mr. J. A. MacKINNON (Edmonton West):
Mr. Chairman, I do not think sufficient stress can be laid on the position in which the cities of the country find themselves in connection with the matter of unemployment and relief. No doubt our positions and our views are bound to be coloured considerably by the different parts of the country we represent in this house, but I should like to take this opportunity of saying here what I have already said elsewhere with regard to the peculiar situation of -the city of Edmonton, part of which I have the honour to represent.
Possibly because of the lure of the prospective dividends in the province of Alberta, and possibly for other reasons, there has been a very great increase in the population of that city. Formerly it ran second in size to Calgary, but recently dt forged ahead of that city, and during the last year or two of the depression period its population increased by several thousand. To become eligible for relief in Edmonton a residence of twelve months is required. People are going on relief in large numbers every day. They come to Edmonton from the rural portions of Alberta and from other provinces; they are maintained by friends and charitable organizations for the necessary period, and then they obtain unemployment relief. The situation is very serious, and sound thinking people of that city have been actually considering a tax strike. To own property, even one's own home, in that city means that one pays a sizable rental by way of taxes, and that situation cannot continue indefinitely. The city of Edmonton cannot expect to receive a reasonable and proper share of the money that is given to the provincial government; I might as well be frank in making that statement. So I should
like to impress upon the minister that in providing money for the province of Alberta some effort should be made to designate or earmark a certain portion of that money for relief in the city of Edmonton.