Even if the hon. member for Kamloops (Mr. Fulton) is not aware 'of the fact, I would say that, by and large, in British Columbia the more enlightened industrial corporations of today are moving away from this idea of a company town.
I have given a little bit of study to the section of the act that was referred to, namely section 17 in part II, which reads as follows:
The corporation may, with the approval of the governor in council, make a loan to a borrower engaged in the mining, lumbering, logging or fishing industry, to assist in the construction of low or 83276-99J
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moderate-cost housing projects in areas or localities that are adjacent to or connected with the operations of the borrower.
I might be moved to agree that there might be some circumstances in which provisions such as those should be implemented. Without attempting to prolong this debate to any great extent, however, I should like to express my opinion that if the provisions of that section were reversed, the situation would be more in keeping with the best interests of the people of Canada today. In other words, I feel that the time has come when, through legislation-housing legislation, if necessary- those interests in this country to whom we entrust the right to develop our natural resources, those interests which accept the responsibility for raising the capital to develop those resources, should, along with that responsibility, accept some social responsibility with respect to providing the necessary housing and other community facilities. Those funds should be considered to be something to be used under a public trust, either by an incorporated community or by some other form of democratic organization. If the bill were to propose anything along these lines it would be more in keeping with the dignities and rights of Canadian citizens. That would be the case if it made such people as are referred to in this section responsible for providing funds to, shall we say, the housing corporation rather than the provision being the other way around as in the present act.
Topic: EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
Subtopic: NATIONAL HOUSING ACT