I did not intend to speak on this particular section, because I had prepared something to speak on the main motion. If circumstances permit I may have something to say on the place of family allowances in a social security programme; but I think it is an hon. member's duty to relieve the consciences of some hon. members on both sides who represent the extremist views in this country, particularly in Ontario. In order to relieve the conscience of those whose* feelings seem to be so much disturbed I thought I should give some statistics. Happily there are only a few hon. members who made a very uncalled-for attack on Quebec, but outsiders, writers in newspapers, have made an unjustified attack on this subject of family allowances. Knowing hon. members from other provinces as I do, I am sure that in a general way they are broad-minded and freedom-loving citizens. After I have given these figures I am sure they will rectify their mistake if they have the chance.
I hold in my hand a leaflet published by the Dominon Bureau of Statistics, eighth census of Canada 1941, sheet No. 5, page 4. The heading is, "Families by children per family at home." I should like my good friend from Lake Centre to try to bring about a little calm on the otherwise tumultuous lake of his constituency, and listen to this. Of families with one child there are in Quebec 123,030 and in Ontario 228,760, or nearly twice as many. Quebec has 92,020 families with two children;
Ontario has 163,610. In Quebec there are 64,630 families with three children and in Ontario 89,910. The difference becomes reversed after the fifth child.
Topic: FAMILY ALLOWANCES
Subtopic: PROVISION FOR PAYMENTS IN RESPECT OF CHILDREN UNDER SIXTEEN