An hon. member comments, "What, another one?". He had an opportunity to speak. The difficulty is that the bigger provinces are likely to take a bigger bite of the pie. The large municipalities, with officials who are administratively competent and can deal with other government officials, are more likely to benefit from this program than smaller municipalities, although unemployment difficulties seem to be greatest in the smaller municipalities, at least in my riding. The largest number of complaints regarding unemployment insurance claims arising out of maladministration that come to my attention come from a small town, Prescott, with 5,000 inhabitants. The greatest number of problems to do with relief comes from the small municipality of Marlborough, with
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800 or 900 inhabitants. The program we are considering will not solve the difficulties of these people. That is why I describe it as a band-aid although major surgery is required.
In a press release dated December, 1972, the government suggested that "the objective of the program is to bring about an increase in capital spending and to sustain a high level of employment." Where is the man who wrote that? This program is merely a baby step in meeting the problems of our cities. And, Mr. Speaker, to take even that step the government comes to parliament and asks us to sell our birthright as a parliament to deal with matters of finance and abdicate our responsibility for considering these matters in later years. It is not worth our while abdicating this responsibility for the sake of this program.
Topic: GOVERNMENT ORDERS
Subtopic: SUPPLEMENTARY ESTIMATES (A), 1972-73