Henry Lumley Drayton
Sir HENRY DRAYTON:
It is only another evidence of the manner in which one whose mind is sufficiently contracted by isms will approach the discussion of subjects of this kind-no consideration for the rights of a fellow man; no consideration for the rights of labour or for the national pay-roll. The whole truth of the matter is that the free trader, brought up and nourished on isms, is awfully solicitous about the workman who may have to pay twenty-five cents here or twenty-five cents there more than he thinks that workman ought to have to pay for a necessity of life, he is awfully anxious about that; but he does not care a snap of his finger for this problem: Where is the working man going to buy anything, even in the cheapest market, without wages? That is never thought of at all. Here is one of the reasons why living is so dear in England, and everybody knows it. Following out that principle of "never mind about employment," we see that labour that is fortunate enough to function to-day has strapped to its back the burden of 1,200,000 workers who unfortunately cannot find employment. There is the fruit of free trade. Go across the channel; just take the short trip to France and see what we find. Who will say that the land of the Mother Country is not good land? Who will say that her workers are not efficient? Who will say that her bankers are not capable? Who will say that her manufacturers, with their wits sharpened by "free trade, free trade, free trade," are not competent? Well, just take the little twenty mile trip to France and see the difference. On the one hand, doles, unemployment, want, plus a high cost of living; on the other hand, employment, plenty of it. Why, following the Armistice, and down to the first of January, 1924, France has received, provided with work and assimilated one and a half million immigrants. When I was there last summer she was receiving workers at the rate of 6.000 a week and there was still a lack of labour in the mines and for agriculture.
Subtopic: CONTINUATION OF DEBATE ON THE ANNUAL FINANCIAL STATEMENT OF THE ACTING MINISTER OF FINANCE