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

CCF

George Hugh Castleden

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

Mr. CASTLEDEN:

The western province^ have been the victims of vicious exploitation. Uncontrolled grain exchanges, unchecked machine combines and ruthless mortgage and finance companies have looted and ravaged the great land of the west. The price of everything the farmer buys is controlled, but he is given no assuranoe even of a minimum price for the commodities he sells. Over ninety-five per cent of the farmers of Saskatchewan are in debt; almost ninety per cent have mortgages on their farms and forty-five per cent of them have lost their land and become mere tenants and share croppers. About one-third of the people in the constituency which I have the honour to represent are of Ukrainian birth. They came to Canada, have worked to build a home, and now in the hour of trial they are willing to offer themselves to fight for that measure of freedom which they know should be the heritage of every Canadian, and which was denied them in Poland from which they came. These men are offering themselves willingly. To the eternal shame of Canada we find these dispossessed people more willing to die for Canada than are the money-lenders to surrender their pound of flesh. Give to Canadians the assurance that when this war is over and they come back, opportunity will exist for all. They look to you for that guarantee. Demonstrate to everyone that action and a square deal will be the great achievement of this parliament; that will inspire our people to great sacrifices, and so great will be their morale that they will win against all odds. This administration has been in power for over five years; it has been returned with the greatest majority ever enjoyed by any government in this house-

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