They can prepare works, but it needs money to start these things and provide jobs. If you had told them last September and had given the money last September they could have had these projects under way now.
Let us talk about this short term situation. We all know that the Prime Minister is a very careful student. He is not a man who makes off the cuff statements like the Minister of Finance. He does not do his own calculations, I hope. The Prime Minister would not go before the 10 premiers without having very careful assessments of the economic and employment situations before assuring the premiers that this was just a short term recession and would be over in the spring. Therefore I should like to ask the Prime Minister whether, before making this reassuring statement to the premiers, he had studied the quarterly confidential reports which are made by the Department of Trade and Commerce to the Minister of Trade and Commerce.