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

CCF

James Shaver Woodsworth

Co-operative Commonwealth Federation (C.C.F.)

Mr. WOODSWORTH:

There is no suggestion of it; but if you read the Winnipeg papers for the last few days, you will realize the position of that city. There is no suggestion, the minister says; but what is your alternative? We have cut down our services to a point beyond which it is not in the public interest to cut further.
This government cannot escape responsibility for that situation. My colleague suggests that the city increased its relief debt by $10,000,000 in seven years. It is a serious situation. The minister made an eloquent appeal for unity; he pleaded that the eastern part of the country would realize what the west had done in the past. Well, the west is up against it to-day, and about all the minister can say is, "Why don't you tax yourselves a little more heavily?"

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