May 28, 1940 (19th Parliament, 1st Session)

CCF

George Hugh Castleden

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

Mr. CASTLEDEN:

Thank you, sir. The common peril at this time, and the common good of this and future generations, demand the public ownership of all the natural and industrial resources of this country. These are the wealth that provides the sinews of war. We also believe that if you take the profits out of war, you would do a great deal to abolish war. If that is done, perhaps the world and humanity may yet be saved. Canadians have inherited a great land, and they are willing to sacrifice for it. Our government should be immediately condemned if they fail to take these natural resources, the things that belong to the people of Canada, and use them in this hour of trial. Western Canada has been betrayed by the governments of this country. The people in that land have been exploited; the organization of society in the west is but a shadow of its former self. The other evening this house listened with bated breath to the cry of humanity-the cry of a mother starved for her brood. I watched, with sinking hopes, the looks of disdain on the faces of some hon. members opposite. She
spoke for thousands. Let me warn this administration that out of that great land of suffering humanity will rise a voice which will demand the restoration of the heritage that has been taken from them. They will demand that measure of equality and of social justice and the opportunity to live which have so far been denied them. If this government fails, there will sweep across Canada, when this war is ended, a rising protest which will take this present administration and drive them into the "abysmal depths of oblivion" from which they never should have emerged.

Topic:   WAR APPROPRIATION BILL
Subtopic:   PROVISION FOR GRANTING TO HIS MAJESTY AID FOR NATIONAL DEFENCE AND SECURITY
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