Yes, I admit that. I say their difficulties are greater than ours because they have not the same rich natural resources in that small country that we have in Canada. The physical condition of the country is such that they are compelled to depend very largely in many respects upon imports for the basis of their existence. On the other hand in Canada we have to face difficulties which in New Zealand they probably have not to contend with. Our difficulties may be of a constitutional nature, but I suggest that it should be much easier to overcome constitutional difficulties than to overcome the physical handicaps that exist in other countries, and I feel sure that if we devoted only half the effort that has been expended in New Zealand, for example, to overcoming these difficulties, we should be in a much better position than we are to-day.
Some of the continental countries, such as Sweden and others, have made at least some effort to deal with the problem. My hon. friends may say, "Well, see what has happened in the United States, where they have spent vast sums in trying to deal with the problem, and yet they find themselves in a position similar to that of a few years ago." Well, I would far rather see our government make an effort to deal with the problem and fail than to make no effort at all. We have made no real effort. Since the government came to power in 1935 they have merely gone along the same old road; relief-doles if you
want to call it that-and public works. That is no solution, nor can it ever be a solution of our unemployment problem.
Topic: DEPARTMENT OF LABOUR