April 4, 1938 (18th Parliament, 3rd Session)

LIB

Norman McLeod Rogers (Minister of Labour)

Liberal

Mr. ROGERS:

Will my hon. friend permit me to offer just a brief observation? The dominion government has not been at any time indifferent to the position of Manitoba or any other western province. I think if the hon. gentleman looks back over the record, he will acknowledge that. He has referred particularly to the city of Winhipeg. I am aware that the city of Winnipeg has been in a difficult position. Equally, other municipalities have been in a difficult position; but, as I have had occasion to point out before, there are two ways of meeting the situation. One is for the municipality to receive powers of taxation other than levies upon real estate. I believe an attempt was made in the case of Winnipeg to secure from the provincial legislature additional powers of taxation, but that attempt was only partly successful. I am quite sure that when my hon. friend speaks of the municipality being bankrupt, he does not mean that the people of that municipality are in a bankrupt condition; for the problem rests in part upon the relation between provincial and municipal finance. I do not suggest that as the whole story; but I think if he is putting a position before us, he should not forget that the city of Winnipeg did make certain proposals to the provincial legislature, and that those were only partly met.

Topic:   UNEMPLOYMENT RELIEF
Subtopic:   MEASURE FOR ALLEVIATION OF UNEMPLOYMENT AND AGRICULTURAL DISTRESS
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