July 2, 1935 (17th Parliament, 6th Session)


Bernard Munroe Stitt

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. STITT (Nelson):

I can do that too. I will explain it as-I know it. I had in my constituency last year one of the most serious industrial strikes that had occurred in this country for years. At Flin-Flon, Manitoba, fifteen hundred miners were called out by communists pure and simple. Communists like Ross, Mabel Marlowe, and Coleman, with a long criminal record, all out and out communists, were out there organizing that strike. Who was the leader? Alec Stewart of Flin-Flon. If he is not a communist he runs in very dangerous company. He was certainly running with these communists. What happened? Only a couple of short weeks ago Alec Stewart, the leader of the Flin-Flon strike, was nominated as the Cooperative Commonwealth Federation candidate in my riding. If communists are not getting control of the Cooperative Commonwealth Federation I miss my guess, and the hon. member for Winnipeg North Centre (Mr. Woods-worth) had better look to his laurels. I believe he realizes that at the present moment.
As I said, Mr. Speaker, the Conservative party was elected to maintain our institutions, to endeavour to improve the conditions of our people, and to preserve our empire, but we have a further duty. As a matter of fact we have two duties to perform: (a) to honourably and courageously live up to our ideals and traditions, and (b) to fearlessly and earnestly tear the mask of moderation from the bolshevik features of some of these socialists organizations that are running around this country, and I am not excepting the Cooperative Commonwealth Federation when I say that, not as I know them in my constituency at any rate. As far as the Conservative party is concerned we intend to do our duty. At least I hope we do, and I certainly will press for it myself as long as I am in this party. Our party may be defeated at the polls, we may go down to defeat, but it will be with our flag flying, defeated but not dishonoured.
I have spoken on former occasions against these camps. I have expressed dissatisfaction with them. I remember that when the minimum wage act was introduced in this house I went so far as to say that I hoped the first place the government would apply it would be in these relief camps. I reiterate that statement. I am not in favour of these
camps. I go still further. The Minister of National Defence (Mr. Stirling) made the statement here to-night that it cost $39 a month to maintain the men in these camps. If that is so, I say there is something rotten in the state of Denmark; it is costing too much for administration. I am not saying there is anything dishonest about it, but it is costing too much for the value received. It would be far better for this country to give these men in the camps this $39 per month and take a day's work from them.
I wish in conclusion to congratulate the Prime Minister on the stand he has taken on this whole matter. We cannot let mob rule run riot in this country. I am one who went overseas in order that the peace, happiness and security of this country should be preserved. I am one returned soldier who-will again take up a rifle to defend my home in my own country.

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