The idea that we are responsible for the education of other people's children is still new to some people. I remember just before the war, in the city of Belfast in Northern Ireland, talking to a cabinet minister in the Ulster parliament. We were discussing free secondary education, and I, of course, was advocating it. His position was this. He said: "Why should I educate the children of those people?" Hon. members know the implication contained in "those people." He said: "I have paid for the education of my own children. Why should I give to those people anything more than a mere public school education?" There are more implications there than appear upon the surface. His children went to a different type of school. They received a different and better class of education, and they grew up to belong to a class much better equipped in life than the children who went to the other schools or who did not go to any.
We in this group believe that the answer to the age old question: "Am I my brother's keeper?" is a resounding "yes". We believe in equal state financed education-note, I said, "financed"-both primary and secondary for all the young people in this land.
In conclusion, Mr. Speaker, let me add my voice to that of those who have expressed the view that this government is not unwilling but is actually unable, in spite of its good intentions, to bring in the new social order it has promised. It is not prepared to make the economic changes which alone can support the
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social services which are essential and reasonable. This government represent the wrong party to bring about any vital social changes. They will only bring in halting and grudging reform, compelled to do so by the public will. The task will have to be entrusted to those who have long had the new social order as a vision and a dream, a thing for which they have long striven and prepared.
If you were employing a gardener-and that is spelled g-a-r-d-e-n-e-r
to beautify a piece of ground, would you employ a man who did not like being out of doors, a man who was allergic to the pollen of a daisy, who shuddered before the beat of the wind and the rain in his face, or would you entrust the task to one who loves and cherishes the growing things, who sees in the face of a little flower the very hand of God?
If we wish to write into the book of history the poem of economic freedom and social justice we shall have to choose as its authors those who have long wooed that muse, who have given of their devotion and their toil, like the one of whom Longfellow wrote:
Who, through long days of labour,
And nights devoid of ease,
Still heard in his soul the music Of wonderful melodies.
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