Mr. DESROCHERS (Translation):
There are wharfs in my own riding which are already giving way in many places. It is not necessary to go any further than St. Raymond.
Is it not, to a certain degree, an attempt against our provincial and municipal autonomy to make it imperative to pass unusual by-laws in order to participate in a small federal grant? I agree with a newspaper whose sympathies are with our friends opposite, the Evenement of Quebec, dated February 20, 1931:
If we can judge, says the Evenement, by the meagre results obtained from the assistance given to the unemployed in Quebec, it would be wise for the Prime Minister to assure us that he will no longer have recourse to this system of aid.
It will have cost more than what it is worth it would therefore be better not to recur to it again.
On that score the opposition could render a public service by obtaining the publication of all the good and bad features in connection with the Unemployment Relief Act. and. by also inviting the Prime Minister to state that the comparative uselessness of this policy is officially acknowledged.
I could not better express myself than this newspaper which is in sympathy with our friends opposite.
Would not the policy advocated by my leader, during the last elections, have been fairer and more expedient? Grant, to a cer-
tain extent, the requests for help, provincial or municipal, without burdensome restrictions.
Permit me, sir, to extend all our sympathy to the western farmers and especially to those who specialized in growing wheat. Let me tell them that we suffer with them, for them and like them. Our banks, with the 68 or 70 million dollars which they have hoarded out there have become commonplace saving banks. Our farmers are not granted any credit. Our manufacturers and merchants can no more depend on any margin of credit. They are helpless owing to prevailing conditions.
I do not wish to enter into details and figures as regards the tariff question, because our leader discussed it as a practical business man and not as an idealist or partisan of a sect or class. I will take the liberty of quoting in this respect the words of His Royal Highness, the Prince of Wales, who, although as amicable as he may seem, is not without representing the views of the crown and British government, when he travels abroad as representative of his country. I quote a despatch of the Associated Press at the opening of the Buenos Aires exhibition.
Mr. LaVERGNE (Translation): It is more
respectable than the Evenement.
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