February 7, 1939 (18th Parliament, 4th Session)

LIB

Robert Emmett Finn

Liberal

Mr. FINN:

The question of privilege is
that the premier of Nova Scotia has absolutely misrepresented me in saying that I threw a monkey wrench into the machinery, I being in favour of the dole. Nothing of the sort. I made my position on that point very clear in the debate in this house. In a letter which I addressed to His Honour the Speaker on the moving of the adjournment of the house on February 3, 1939, I said:
The provision of the Unemployment and Agricultural Assistance Act, 1938, is abortive in its provisions to meet the absolute need of reestablishing the said fishermen in their industry, and to provide them with the means of earning their livelihood, and to enable them to provide the bare necessities of life for their families.
During the debate I said:
But a monkey wrench was thrown into the machinery by the premier of Nova Scotia . . .
Then the Minister of Fisheries (Mr. Michaud) in the debate on my motion on February 3, said:
Since this parliament, for the last three years at least, has deemed it advisable by supplementary appropriations to grant sums of money to help reestablish needy fishermen in their occupations . . .
And he adds that these moneys have always been distributed in the provinces where there was the need.
Now, Mr. Speaker, the premier of Nova Scotia goes on further to say, and it is a direct charge against myself, that I was not in Halifax when the storm took place, and that I had not any information in reference to it; in fact his inference is that I do not know the needs of my constituency.

Topic:   NOVA SCOTIA LOBSTER FISHING INDUSTRY- ARTICLE IN HALIFAX CHRONICLE OF FEBRUARY 4
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