William Allen Walsh
There are some points I want to make before I sit down. I am sure the Minister of Finance knows a great deal more about the matter than I do myself, and there is a useful little pamphlet entitled "Building Societies Eliminate 'Peaks and Valleys' in Industry" which he will find interesting. It touches, I believe, on that particular point. I have no doubt he has a copy of it.
Let me come now to the Department of Labour. I have not noticed, either in the budget or in the debate so far, anything that will give us a lead as to measures for the relief of unemployment and to establish a new social order in Canada. I have here clippings from newspapers of the maritime provinces. The Minister of Labour and his chief assistant, the chairman of the National Employment Commission, visited the maritime provinces during the past summer and held meetings in different places, assembling councillors and members of parliament. Every time I read one of these reports I thought it was the report of a Liberal convention. When they brought together the members of parlia-
ment, particularly in the St. John district, to discuss relief measures, it was of course not natural to expect the hon. member for Royal (Mr. Brooks), who lives a few miles out of St. John and who happens to be a Conservative, to be invited to participate in any of these conferences. He was a Conservative and no doubt it was taken for granted that he might not have very much to contribute to the discussion. I suggest, however, that he could have been invited, if only as an act of courtesy on the part of the Minister of Labour, and given an opportunity to express his views and offer assistance in the effort to solve the unemployment problem.
Subtopic: CONTINUATION OF DEBATE ON THE ANNUAL FINANCIAL STATEMENT OF THE MINISTER OF FINANCE