Mr. BARIBEAU (Translation):
Does this mean that work is completely stopped and that nothing was done to relieve unemployment? This is where I wish to congratulate the right hon. Prime Minister (Mr. Bennett) on the success of his policy as regards unemployment. At a time, sir, when the improvident policy of excessive industrialization inaugurated by the Taschereau government brought about, in the paper industry, the present crisis, the Dominion government, thanks to its wise policy to relieve unemployment, helped the heretofore prosperous working population of that town to ward off poverty-owing to the mills closing down- by undertaking public works and thus giving work to those whom a prolonged state of unemployment might have placed in dire circumstances.
Beside this pulp and paper industry, there is also a natural silk factory lately established in that town. The latter has already given marvellous results, and will further develop as the effects of the protective tariff are felt.
What I have just stated as regards Cap-de-la-Madeleine, may also apply to Grand'Mere, where there is located a branch of the Canada Power and Paper Co. Again there, while the mills were only working part time, the unemployment act gave great relief. There is also located in that town a very prosperous boot and shoe industry. In the town of St. Tite, is to be found a factory making leather goods, which also is doing well. These facts induce me to state that the situation is greatly improving and that the future is very promising. That is why the working classes, believing in the intelligent efforts of the government are not dismayed, and close their ears to the fanciful theories of a diabolical communistic propaganda. For my part, I shall not cease asking the government's protection for the good working classes of Champlain.
The Three Rivers district, one of the largest producing centres of paper and pulp in the world, is undergoing a severe crisis; and I would suggest to our distinguished representatives, at the Imperial conference, to continue their efforts with the British Government so as to obtain for Canadian pulp and paper a special preference. If our pulp and newsprint were given a preference of 10 per cent,
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it would greatly benefit this industry, as pulp and paper are amongst our great assets, they are, however, enjoying, at present, but a relative prosperity. A Canadian preference of ten per cent on pulp and paper exports would improve the lot of the numerous workmen engaged in that industry.
May I, sir, read a resolution to that effect adopted by municipal council of the town of Cap-de-la-Madeleine: .
Canada, Province of Quebec,
Municipality of the town of Cap-de-la-Madeleine.
Resolution No. 4554.
At a regular meeting (special) of the council of the town of Cap-de-la-Madeleine, held in the ordinary place and chamber of the sessions of the council, at the City Hall, on Monday this twenty-ninth day of February, 1932, at 7 p.m.
At which meeting were present: His worship the mayor, J. A. Nadeau, Messrs, the councillors: Ernest Arseneau, Ernest Houle, Henri Thiffault, Armand Lera ire and Francois Cour-teau, constituting a quorum under the chairmanship of the mayor.
Moved by councillor Ernest Houle, seconded by councillor Ernest Arseneau,
Resolved, whereas the pulp and paper industry is in a precarious state in our province and throughout the country.
Whereas in July next an Imperial Economic Conference will be held at Ottawa to discuss an economic scheme of mutual preference for the British Empire.
Whereas the National government in England has adopted a protective tariff policy and that this same government is committed to a policy of preference on products of the nations which comprise the British Empire, until and in provision of the mutual and reciprocal results which this economic conference will foster.
Whereas the Canadian government is in favour of a mutual preference policy within the empire.
Whereas England purchases millions of dollars worth of pulp and paper, yearly.
Be it resolved that the council of the town of Cap-de-la-Madeleine takes the liberty of suggesting that the Dominion government continue its endeavours with the Imperial govern-men in order that a more substantial preference be granted to the Canadian pulp and news print.
That the clerk be requested to forward a copy of the present resolution to the hon. Henry Stevens, Minister of Trade and Commerce, to Mr. J. L. Baribeau, M.P., for Champlain and to Mr. Charles Bourgeois, M.P., for Three Rivers-St. Maurice, praying them to give it their attention and support.
I have just drawn a rapid sketch of the workman's condition in the county which I am privileged to represent. Allow me now to introduce to you the finest rural people in Canada.
Topic: THE BUDGET
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